Successful Business Improvement Programme

On 26th November 2014 Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry presented awards to 21 local construction managers who have gained a Diploma in Management. Gerard Graham from Wilson Construction was a participant on the Programme.


The awards are part of an innovative pilot Business Improvement Programme organised by CITB NI in partnership with Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) which has brought together local construction business owners and managers to implement good practice techniques resulting in improved business performance.


The Minister said,

“My Department is committed to raising the skills of Northern Ireland’s workforce and by funding programmes such as Customised Training through our Skills Solutions Service we are boosting those skills and helping to make employers more competitive. Strong leadership and management skills are vital to improving the performance of local businesses and to achieving sustained economic growth. I congratulate those who have taken time to focus on management and leadership issues both on an individual and business level and achieved this award. Construction has been affected by the economic landscape and, as the signs of improvement begin to appear, businesses are increasingly realising that investing in the skills of their employees can increase productivity and overall success. I continue to encourage our future leaders and managers to consider the benefits of up-skilling in order to unlock the potential of their workforce, increase their productivity and grow our local economy.”


Barry Neilson, Chief Executive, CITB NI said,

“Skills and training are the central core of all businesses, the importance of training at all levels and the positive affects it can have both internally and externally can’t be underestimated. This pilot Business Improvement Programme is an excellent example of industry partners and Government working together effectively for the benefit of local business managers and owners to excel in management techniques for the good of their organisation and the overall construction industry.”