Bilfinger Salamis UK Celebrates Cherries Success

June 05, 2019

Bilfinger Salamis UK is delighted to have triumphed in the Extraordinary HR Initiative category at the 2019 Cherries Awards.

The award was presented in recognition of the 2018 introduction of the Rope Access Academy. The training scheme has had a significant impact on Bilfinger Salamis UK becoming the largest rope access employer in the UKCS.

Alison Porter, Bilfinger Salamis UK HR Director said: “We are delighted to have won this award. It is great recognition for the team who have worked so hard to ensure the Rope Access Academy’s success. Sometimes it pays to take a step back, recognise where conventional practice isn’t working, and make moves to change it. The academy has benefited both individual colleagues and our business as a whole.”

Moving away from the conventional self-funded route to rope access qualifications, the Rope Access Academy supports colleagues to gain these standards, even offering financial incentives on the completion of advanced levels. 

Bilfinger were nominated twice in the Extraordinary HR category, both for the Rope Access Academy and the Mobilisation App.

Also introduced in 2018, the Mobilisation App enables colleagues travelling offshore to receive check in details directly to their smartphone. This removes the need for telephone calls requiring both the logistics team and relevant colleague to be available at the same time, as colleagues can check their mobilisation details at their leisure. It has also opened up a vital communication stream to colleagues who are often difficult to contact.

On the night Claire Dingwall, Recruitment Manager, and Fergus Cameron, Special Projects Operations Manager, who were both instrumental in the development of the Rope Access Academy, collected the award.