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The icing on the cake… BVT is shortlisted for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s awards for excellence in innovation, leadership and people development

Bournville PropertyCare Services, having recently walked away with the CITB’s Apprenticeship Employer of the year award last November, has now along with Bournville Village Trust’s Asset Management Team been shortlisted for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s awards for leadership and people development and excellence in innovation.

These coveted awards recognise the West Midlands’ most inspiring organisations and the people that play a vital role in project and service delivery.

This year, BVT has entered a number of awards.  The Chamber of Commerce shortlist has acknowledged the Trust’s approach to its asset management strategy, clearly and directly linking it to a wider, organisational mission. From meeting corporate objectives, to being able to prove that communities are thriving, strength in asset management and innovation is fundamental to safeguarding the quality of life for this and future generations.

The Trust cites value for money as a key driver for innovation. How teams interact with the communities they serve is also a major factor in service delivery and one that this shortlist demonstrates.

Commenting on the shortlist, John McNulty Director of Development, Assets and New Communities said; “Investing in our teams is vital for us. This investment has delivered improved communication, innovation and services for our customers.”

The shortlist for excellence in leadership and people management echoes the success already achieved by BVT’s PropertyCare Services team (BPS)

BPS currently employs 14 Apprentices as part of its 50-strong workforce. The submission by the management team for this award is intended to shine a light on the innovative approach that the Trust has adopted in developing and training new talent.

Over recent years, BPS has encouraged its existing team to learn new trades and skills to support the development of a multi-skilled workforce. Employees are actively encouraged to pick up new trades including plastering and brick work, helping to spread knowledge and resource.

Commenting on their shortlisting, Steve Rose, Head of Contracting Services said; “Investing so heavily in our apprentices clearly works. We have proven generation after generation that apprenticeships ensure that the very best methods and techniques are perpetuated between generations.”

Being recognised by the Chamber of Commerce will form the icing on the cake for BVT by acknowledging its contribution to not only the local economy but also the communities which it serves.

Let’s hope that BVT and BPS can retain their positions as industry leaders in innovation, workforce training and development.

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