About Us

Welcome to the Dorset Construction Training Forum.  We are a group of construction based companies who have come together to access quality training at discounted prices.

Training is a necessary, but sometimes costly, part of business.  Therefore, our aim is to ensure the members can rely on training through reputable providers that have been sourced by our Training Co-ordinator, Lisa Lawrence.  Lisa is able to negotiate discounts with the training providers due to the volume of training that is put through the group and pass this to the members.

We are a not for profit organisation and all membership fees are put back into the group.  We currently also receive a Training Grant from the CITB which can be used by CITB registered companies, more information can be found here.

The Directors of DCTF

  • Maria Seabright Chairperson & Director

    Maria has extensive experience in the construction industry and works for Greendale Construction Limited as their Finance /HR Director. Maria works extremely closely with the local colleges and schools,   promoting the industry, training and apprenticeships.

    “It’s important for like-minded companies to come together and share best practice, along with training together to bring down the costs to the member companies.”

    Maria is also a CITB Construction Ambassador.

  • Robin Hawkins Director

    Robin Hawkins is Managing Director of The Strouden Group including Strouden Joinery, manufacturers of bespoke joinery.  He has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Commerce.

    Robin was a science and maths teacher for over 25 years ago and this has led to his interest and commitment to education, particularly in the construction industry.

  • Alan Connell
    Alan Connell Director

    Born in Poole, Alan has spent all his working life in Construction. His devotion and care for the industry has found him being asked to join many committees since the 1980’s. Alan strongly believes in training the young, which also includes within his own company of 60 years standing.

    The group has grown in strength over the years and Alan is very proud to be a director of the Dorset Construction Training Forum.

  • Sandra Lewis Director

    Sandra Lewis has been involved with construction since 1991 when she joined the family firm HC Lewis and Co Ltd, Beaminster.  The company became a member of the DCTF in 1996 and we have used them for training staff on a regular basis.

    “When the group decided to go ‘independent’ I was delighted to become a Director. I believe that skilled staff is a safe workforce and if training can be obtained at a reasonable cost so much the better.”

  • Lisa Lawrence
    Lisa Lawrence Training Group Co-ordinator

    Lisa has worked in education and training for 17 years, the majority of that time being involved in NVQ’s and Apprenticeships.  She has worked closely with construction and engineering employers through local further education establishments to identify and deliver training.  She is also an assessor and IQA for Management and Team Leading.

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