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Focusing on developing home-grown talent

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Sue Wilcock speaks to directors Craig Western and Philip Branton about how Wincer Kievenaar is focused on the development of its people.

Issues that continue to dominate the construction industry are the skills shortage and the ongoing challenge of retaining good people once you have them onboard. This has led Wincer Kievenaar Architects to expand and develop its approach to nurturing local home-grown talent; something it has been doing since the company started trading in 1980.

Craig Western explains: “We have always invested in the individuals in our team, to ensure they are given the support they need to continue their studies and achieve their qualifications.

“Qualifying as a chartered architect can take seven to ten years and is broken down into three parts. This means that we, as employers, need to be flexible in accommodating the needs of the individual, listening to them and taking onboard how they want to learn and develop, rather than taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

“For instance, we have members of our team who have taken the full-time university route, gaining some........

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