LBS Builders Merchants has been celebrating the achievements of a number of its female staff at a recent graduation event held for those who attained Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) awards as part of gender equality charity Chwarae Teg’s wider career development programme.
Chwarae Teg is Welsh for ‘Fair Play’ and this is the third year that the business has enrolled staff on the charity’s Agile Nation 2 career development programme, which is fully funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. It is described as a “unique and inspirational initiative helping working women develop knowledge, confidence and skills for team leading or managerial roles.”
Ray Laidlaw, LBS’ Training Manager, said: “I am extremely proud of our learners and how they have applied themselves to the career development programme. They have not only gained key leadership skills valued by us as an employer, but also developed their own confidence. As a business we aim to provide excellence in customer service through the commitment and knowledge of all our staff, and working with Chwarae Teg helps us to do that.
“While there isn’t a formal graduation this year, we have we created our own presentation to our learners to celebrate their achievements and give them the recognition they deserve.”
Margaret Edwards, Senior Delivery Partner at Chwarae Teg, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with LBS staff and fantastic to see them being congratulated on their achievements. As a business LBS demonstrates a clear commitment to ensuring female staff are able to prosper and become future leaders.
“We have a dedicated team at Chwarae Teg who provide expert coaching, mentoring and training designed to empower women to achieve their ambitions.”
Founded in 1931, LBS Builders Merchants has its Head Office in Ammanford and has grown to become reputedly the largest leading independent builders’ merchants in South Wales, now comprising of more than 30 outlets across South Wales complete with a team of over 400 members of staff.
The main image shows Kirstie Hackett-Transport and H&S Manager Administrator receiving her award from her line manager Andy Bunston – Transport and H&S Manager.