We respect our employees and encourage their development and
We will promote equality as differences in responsibilities
permit and consider the interests of our employees, including their
welfare, health and safety. We aim to empower our employees and
recognise and reward individual contributions as well as teamwork.
Through effective communication and consultation with employees and
trade representatives we ensure that their views, opinions,
suggestions and recommendations are considered openly and
constructively. Our ultimate aim in this respect is the happiness
of our employees through their worthwhile and satisfying employment
in a successful business.
During 2012, Kentz employed an average of 14,500 employees
across the world including 71 different nationalities. Kentz
has a policy of investing time and effort in the development of its
people by supporting them through constant appraisal, coaching and
training and by encouraging personal initiative.
In South Africa, Kentz has achieved a level three categorisation
for Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment through comprehensive
training and development of its staff. It established Kentz
Training Solutions (KTS) in March 2010 and is currently involved in
several training initiatives, including KTS Fabrication Training
Centre and KTS SiemensTraining Centre.
There are also a number of project-related training activities
throughout the Group which promote up-skilling of local
communities. During 2012, training facilities across Africa saw 174
trainees develop new skills to become welders, boilermakers, pipe
fitters, steel erectors, riggers and electricians.
Six hundred and fourteen employees attended Skills Enhancement
Courses (SECs) across the Group during the year and 16 bursaries
were allocated to students to study disciplines of engineering,
quantity surveying and accountancy at university or college. During
2012, Kentz's Construction business unit in Australia initiated a
learning and development programme aimed at the advancement and
professional development of its frontline managers. Sixty four
employees have completed the course to date, receiving an
Australian nationally-accredited Certificate IV in Frontline
Management approved by the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Kentz and Nottingham Trent University launched an in-company
postgraduate masters programme to develop managers across the Group
in 2010. To date 40 employees have commenced the MSc Management and
Leadership programme, with 14 currently in the final stages and due
to graduate in November. Another 30 employees from across the
Group are due to commence the programme in 2013.