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Employee Case Study - Steve Tart, Works Manager - Plymouth Highways

Steve Tart joined SWH in 2001 as a road worker with some construction experience but no formal qualifications to speak of.

From day one Steve showed enormous potential and was keen to take the opportunity to develop himself.

Over the course of the last 17 years Steve has risen through the ranks of the business attaining numerous qualifications along the way.  He holds a Street Works card, First Aid at Work and 12D Traffic Management qualifications.  His CSCS card shows an impressive 10 Highways and Construction NVQ's, in addition to full CPCS Plant Operator's card in various catagories.

SWH is proud to be an Investor In People and as part of our xommitment to the scheme we take Learning and Development seriously and are keen to provide everyone with the opportunity to develop within their role.

In 2012 Steve was promoted from Charge-Hand to Agent, where his role involved managing and supervising construction/footway and patching type works, and more recently helping Devon County Council validate and pre-measure jobs at the design stage.

Steve believed his formal training has helped him to lead and supervise his team.  He said "After being given the opportunity to work at SWH in 2001, the training and support that has been given from the company has helped me get to the level of Agent.  I couldn't be happier in my role". 

Since 2012 Steve has gained his 12D T7 Client and Managers qualification, successfully passed the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme, the Level 3 Preparing and Agreeing Emergency Tree Works Operations and the City & Guilds Winter Service Supervisors qualification.

In 2017 Steve was employed as Senior Agent for the Plymouth Highways Term Maintenance Contract.  His diligence during the mobilisation stage along with his knowledge and experience helped the transferred employees to settle into our business.

The positive impact of Steve, his leadership and rapport with both the City Council and employees led to him being promoted into his current role of Works Manager.

Steve has recently embarked on a CECA Management Development Programme covering a wide range of areas which will help him gain his Level 7 Senior Management NVQ and his black CSCS card.

"The opportunities I have been given within SWH are second to none.  Althought it has been extremely hard work over the last few years, I have been well supported and I'm chuffed to be making the Plymouth Highways contract a success".


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