Training & Development

Careers, Training and Development

As an ‘Investors in People’ accredited business since 1999, we are committed to the training & development of all staff to ensure that their skills match our business needs and support Continuous Professional Development (CPD). We actively encourage our staff to continually develop their skills and experience with challenging projects and training initiatives as detailed within our Training and Development Policy.

Our Training and Development Manager, Victoria Hayward, makes sure our Training and Development programmes are tailored to our employee’s specific needs to help them achieve their full potential. 

“Training is a prime opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills and team work experience. We actively encourage the attainment of professional qualifications and membership of recognised organisations, such as the CITB or RICS. This also includes development of on-the-job learning such as First Aid or Health and Safety Leadership.”

We have supported several of our employees with their personal development and training initiatives. Gary Ryan, who has recently taken his CMP level 6 CIOB examination, details his training and development experience below:

“I have been with Cosmur for 5 years. I started my construction career as a Bricklayer and progressed to Assistant Site Manager with supported development through level 3 BTEC. I then undertook a level 4 CIOB CMP where I was promoted to full Site Manager, and I have most recently completed my examination at CMP level 6 CIOB, awaiting professional review to become a Member of the Chartered Institute. 

In addition to this I have also completed the following with Cosmur’s support: SMSTS, CIRS CSCS Scaffold Inspection, First Aid, IPAF and PASMA.”

Additionally, one of our dedicated Site Managers, Collin Brome, details his training and development experience with Cosmur:

“I gained my MCIOB after Cosmur construction included me on their training programme that was aimed at getting several of their Site Managers chartered and to support them in gaining their membership with professional bodies. Cosmur construction provided me with the support to purchase reading materials and time away from site for classroom-based learning for over four years! 

This training ran alongside other opportunities and courses such as asbestos awareness, scaffold inspections, Temporary works coordinator, PASMA courses and other refreshers, including SMSTS, as part of my continued personal/professional development. 

Cosmur construction are also passionate about growing the awareness of mental health within construction and enabled me to attend a three-day mental health first aid course which I have found invaluable.”

Harry Kavanagh, currently completing his HNC construction course with Cosmur, states that:

“With Cosmur, I have enrolled on a HNC construction course at the London South Bank University which will later develop into B.Sc. Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. This involves working 4 days a week managing my own project as well as helping on other projects too. 

In the last year, they have helped me improve daily with constant support offered and monthly review meetings ensuring any queries or worries are seen to. I have three and a half years left of my education at London South Bank University which I no doubt believe I will have Cosmur’s continued support. As well as this, my colleagues always help with anything I find challenging regarding University and my day-to-day work.”

Nilesh Patel, one of our experienced Quantity Surveyors, also states that:

“Whist working at Cosmur Construction, I have successfully completed my degree and achieved a 2.1 in B.S.C. Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management, broadening my knowledge and professionalism. 

I studied part-time at the University of Westminster who are accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. This has given me a faster route to gaining chartership in Quantity Surveying in the future. 

Cosmur consistently supported me during any difficulties I had, including juggling full-time work and academic studies, and have shown they will welcome any further opportunities for development and training.”

In addition to the development of our own employees, we recognise that our engagement on our Client’s projects must deliver much more than physical improvements and, through our various training partnerships, already have the infrastructure in place to deliver a range of apprenticeship and local labour aspirations.

As part of our Community Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy, and also as an Equal Opportunities Employer, Cosmur positively encourages applications from neighbours, residents and members of the local community to apply for job vacancies and also to participate in our work experience opportunity programme.

We are also active members of the London Region Construction Training Group, the “go to” place for construction companies in the capital who are committed to developing their staff and supply chains. www.lrctg.co.uk/members. Cosmur Director, Paul Conway, is chairman of the London Region Construction Training Group (LRCTG) and works to highlight training opportunities across the capital.

Interested in a career in Construction? Get in touch!

Whether your interest is current vacancies, apprenticeships, placements or work experience please send your CV to info@cosmur.co.uk.

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and aim to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be the best they can be.

Working with Cosmur is always exciting and rewarding. The work we do is varied and our teams are diverse, reflecting the communities we serve. It is part of our corporate ethos to treat everyone who works for us – or with us – fairly, with dignity and respect. 

“Training is a prime opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills and team work experience. We actively encourage the attainment of professional qualifications and membership of recognised organisations, such as the CITB or RICS. This also includes development of on-the-job learning such as First Aid or Health and Safety Leadership.”

Sectors

Cosmur Construction has provided a range of services to the education sector, ranging from primary and SEN schools through to University establishments, and understands the various risks and challenges that can occur when working within these sectors such as: live environments, fast-track programmes, safeguarding provisions and the flexibility required for the varying usage patterns of school events.

We have facilitated various works for private and public education buildings across London and the South East and ensure that all of our works benefit our clients, the students and the teaching staff. For further details of the works we have completed across this sector, please refer to the Case Studies below:

Cosmur has delivered an exciting array of sports and leisure facilities which combine inspirational design with multi-activity areas for fitness, dance, relaxation, café and socialising. Often facilities remain fully operational while our works are ongoing and we plan our activities considerately to minimise disruption whilst maintaining membership for service users, local communities and the general public.

We have a deep understanding of the scope of works in this sector and can bring insight from our specialists to deliver across fit outs, refurbishments, extensions and new build projects. For further information on our previous experience within the Leisure sector, please refer to the Case Studies below.

Cosmur Construction has delivered a range of projects for the healthcare sector, from NHS facilities through to private sector clients, and understands the necessary measures to be taken to ensure all of our works meet the statutory requirements and restrictions that guarantee the safety and welfare of all end users.

We have facilitated various works from design and build works through to refurbishment and fit outs for a range of healthcare authorities and understand the risk and mitigation measures necessary to ensure we achieve our client’s vision of care in hospitals, hospices, care homes, and rehabilitation centres. For further details on our previous experience within the healthcare sector, please refer to the Case Studies below.

 

Cosmur Construction takes great pride in ensuring our services are sensitive to places of worship and are always mindful that every project is a sacred space of worship. Cosmur has carried out various new build and refurbishment projects for religious buildings across multiple faiths and ensure a considerate approach towards the specific needs of each individual project. Our experienced project teams ensure flexibility for community based facilities and special events alongside an understanding of the specific aesthetics, space, light and sound requirements of each project.

Our previous experience, and the expertise of our extensive supply chain, allow us to combine specialist construction methods and sustainability with traditional craft and trade skills to create beautiful and energy-efficient buildings which deliver long-term savings and benefits to our clients. For further information on our previous experience within the Faith sector, please refer to the Case Studies below.

Cosmur Construction has completed a range of high-end residential housing projects and we excel at delivering quality designs within prestigious postcodes throughout London and the South East. From design and build projects of multi-million pound luxury homes through to high-end apartments and penthouses, we have worked alongside award-winning architects to provide tailored design and construction solutions. We have delivered a range of refurbishments, conversions and reconfigurations ensuring that the build is as streamlined as possible for our clients. For further information on our previous experience within this sector, please refer to the Case Studies below.

Cosmur are experts at working in the fast-paced commercial sector where time is of the essence and, at the same time, where there can be no compromise on quality, particularly where image is such an important brand differentiator. We take the time to understand the specific needs and desires of our clients and plan strategies to transform these requirements into deliverables. Cosmur have successfully completed office, commercial and retail schemes that have included restaurant, hotel and gallery projects.

Whether procured through a traditional or design and build contract, we provide our clients with practical solutions, employ the most efficient methods to deliver their project on time and make sure our main objective is client satisfaction. For further information regarding our experience within the Commercial Sector, please refer to the Case Studies below.

 

Cosmur is a market leader in transforming historic, listed, and heritage assets to meet the needs of today’s users and visitors. Our clients appreciate our attention to detail in retaining original and significant features using our craft skills and dedicated knowledge of historical techniques and materials. Our experience of projects within this sector range from intricate restoration and conservation schemes to the complete re-modelling of interior space and blending new buildings with old.

Cosmur holds a significant appreciation of a building’s history and we are familiar with liaising with specialist bodies, such as English Heritage, conservation specialists and archaeologists, to fulfil our client’s specific requirements. We are also adept at creating new and innovating cultural spaces, such as libraries and cultural centres, which all feature within our portfolio. For further information on our previous experience within this sector, please refer to the case studies below.

 

Cosmur continues to meet the diverse requirements and expectations of delivering to local authorities, housing associations, framework providers, occupants, residents and the surrounding communities. We have built and refurbished homes in all shapes, sizes and scale, from stand-alone new build homes to high rise refurbishments of multi-phase regeneration. On all of our contracts, we have a common commitment to successfully manage inner-city developments by engaging with the local and neighbouring boroughs and forging long-term partnerships.

Excellent communication is key to a successful delivery within this sector and we deploy dedicated Resident Liaison Officers to work alongside our site team to integrate strategies with our clients’ procedures, ensuring a collaborative approach is achieved. For further details on our previous experience within the social housing sector, please refer to the Case Studies below.

The Public sector is central to our business and we have facilitated multiple projects, from design and build to redecorations and repairs, for a range of Public Sector Buildings across London and the South East. The extensive experience of our directly employed Management Team ensures an innovative and cost-effective approach towards every project. We have successfully completed projects for various local authorities on a range of building types such as Town Halls, Libraries, and Council Offices. Cosmur always ensures we maintain careful management of the various challenges including live environments, fast-track programmes and value engineering to meet the authorities’ budgetary restrictions. For examples of our previous works within the Public sector, please refer to the Case Studies below.