GA Electrical & Mechanical staff, from directors to apprentices, spent the day at Milton Hill House Hotel in Abingdon to take part in a number of comprehensive training and team building sessions rounded off by a well-deserved social evening.
Surrounded by 22 acres of tranquil parkland just 13 miles from Oxford, Milton Hill effortlessly blends a graceful Georgian manor house with modern facilities; its landscaped Italian gardens and beautiful vistas made it the ideal venue for a day of work, rest and play.
This was the first time that training usually undertaken over the course of a year by GA staff was scheduled to be completed in a day. Comprehensive instruction in First Aid, Asbestos Awareness, the proper fitting and usage of Face Masks on site, handling a ‘Spit’ Gun plus familiarisation sessions about new software and internal processes made it a very productive day. A tasty and substantial buffet lunch that got a big ‘thumbs up’ from one and all was enjoyed between the morning and afternoon sessions. Then it was back to their rooms to chill out, don their glam rags and prepare for the night ahead.
Managing Director Carl Vink joined the ‘boys’ in the hotel bar for pre-dinner drinks whilst his wife Naomi hosted a ‘Ladies Bubbles’ reception in The Library for partners. A wonderful 3 course dinner and a raffle of some great prizes in aid of ‘Restore’ followed with the evening rounded off by some impressive shapes thrown and amazing moves made on the dance floor by one happy band of work mates.
At the end of the training sessions, MD Carl Vink talked through the future of the company and the introduction of new software and processes to improve communication and project management. As a business, GA has moved away from Microsoft over to Google and Carl outlined the advantages of doing so. Everyone now has the use of an internal app for communication dedicated to ‘joined up’ project management; weekly team meetings can be held via everyones smart phone utilising video conferencing.
He explained another platform that has been devised for sharing all project information like drawings and photographs live between the office and site including progress pictures on all jobs that are uploaded to one place so that they can be accessed by all. There are also dedicated internal web sites for each project so that anyone can look up RFI schedules, contact lists, key dates and what tasks have been assigned to which person. GA as a company is at the forefront of utilizing this kind of technology but also developing their own systems to improve work flow. GA now has a secure internal software that is easy to use to create electrical and gas certificates via mobile phones and iPads which no other company currently has.