NRMCA annually awards its ready mixed concrete producer members’ outstanding
We salute member companies that recognize the importance
of good training to enhance career development.
Innovation in Training Award
One company winner recognized annually at
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To recognize the most innovative ready mix
producer training initiative in the previous year. The winner will
demonstrate a commitment to training through creative training programs
that enhance the employees’ and company’s performance.
Any NRMCA member company in good standing
that produces ready mixed concrete from a fixed plant location in the
U.S., its territories or Canada is eligible to enter. This is a company
award, though entries can be submitted for programs specific to a plant.
The judges are the Concrete Industry
Management faculty at Middle Tennessee State University. They will
ascertain how member companies use materials and training methods to
raise the performance level and commitment of its employees.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS & EVALUATION CRITERIA
Companies must submit a one page Executive
Summary about their innovative training program, relating their problem,
training solution and outcome. Companies can submit additional
supporting documentation in addition to the Executive Summary. It can
consist of original training material, NRMCA or someone else’s material
or a combination of materials. Participants are encouraged to include
with their entry documentation that supports their achievement.
Judges will make their decision based on the material a company submits,
including volunteer, supporting documentation provided with the entries.
Examples are reports, statistics, evaluations, commendations, instructor
and student materials, videos, DVD’s, etc.
GUIDANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SUBMISSION
While the entrant company decides what
supportive material to submit, NRMCA offers the following suggestions
that entrants might want to include:
Innovative Is Your Program?
is your program delivered to the student? What material is presented? In
addition to covering all the basics, what creative material or methods
did you incorporate to strengthen the process? Any out-of-box methods or
material? Innovation could be reflected in computer-based training
programs, multimedia based training, a combination of these two methods,
small group training, one-on-one, self-paced/individualized training.
How Are Employees
and Management Committed and Involved in the Training Program?
Documentation could include an analysis showing why the program was
needed, how the training evolved. You could include statements from
company handbooks/procedures manuals, mission/vision statement, etc.
How Did Your
Company Overcome Operating Challenges to Train?
Documentation could include a new scheduling plan; availability of
employees, equipment, room; training time; funding; overcoming budget
restrictions; preparation for training time; how training was executed
during emergency or crisis situations or during peak operations, etc.
How Do Your
Trainer’s Qualifications Help Execute the Program?
Company could provide resumes, employee/trainer files, certificates,
Did Your Program
Demonstrated success in recruitment/retention due to training program.
Survey results, recruitment/retention, promotion statistics, etc.
Did Your Customer
Relations Become More Effective?
Companies could demonstrate the affect the training program has on
internal and external customers. Incidents reported, customer survey
results, testimonials, etc.
Performance of Your Company and Employees Improved?
Demonstrate through employee recognition statistics, including lower
insurance rates, increased cubic yardage, higher net income, etc.
All entries receive a
certificate of recognition for their training efforts. When applying for the
Innovation in Training Award, entrants agree that, if selected, they will
share their innovative initiatives in a "Best Practices" feature article in
NRMCA's quarterly magazine, Concrete InFocus.
For more information, contact Eileen Dickson, NRMCA's Vice President of
Education, at 1-888-846-7622, x1164 or by e-mail at
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