FM Conway appoints HR director to lead skills approach

Leading infrastructure services company FM Conway has appointed Liz Garvey as its new HR director as it continues to bolster its training and recruitment approach to help tackle the construction skills gap.

A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Liz joined FM Conway as head of HR in 2011. She is an experienced HR professional, having previously held senior roles at a leading housing association and digital commerce specialist, Pitney Bowes.

In her new position, Liz will oversee FM Conway’s diverse skills and training programme, with an emphasis on attracting a broad talent pool to the business and developing its in-house learning and development programme.

Liz commented on her new role: “The Construction Industry Training Board estimates that our sector needs to recruit over 35,000 workers every year between now and 2021 to meet the UK’s development needs. This is a serious challenge requiring a proactive approach to seek out new talent.

Liz will oversee FM Conway’s diverse skills and training programme, with an emphasis on attracting a broad talent pool to the business and developing its in-house learning and development programme.

“We’re working to make construction attractive and accessible to as many people as possible – whether that’s disadvantaged groups, school leavers, career changers or returnees to work. Our skills programme combines a mix of apprenticeships, higher education scholarships, direct engagement with school children and their parents, as well as support for more experienced staff looking to make their next career move.

“Getting people into construction is one thing. We also recognise that giving them the tools and training to stay and excel in our industry is vital, which is why as HR director I’ll be continuing to expand our efforts to support lifelong learning at the business.”

Joanne Garwood, central Services director at FM Conway, added: “This appointment reflects the critical importance of our people to our business. Liz has already been a driving force behind investment in our skills programme and in her new role will now take full charge of our strategy to recruit, train and retain the best talent.”

FM Conway is responsible for constructing and maintaining roads, buildings, structures and public spaces across London and the south-east. The company self-delivers projects wherever possible – an approach which sees it use its own plant, materials and equipment to drive efficiencies for customers. A central part of this core ethos is also wide-ranging skills and training programme to provide the in-house expertise needed to deliver successful infrastructure schemes.