The Keon Homes team outside their new offices in Burntwood.

Training blueprint helps Keon Homes clinch another title 

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Keon Homes is celebrating further recognition after securing the highest placing for a construction company in the recently released UK’s Best Workplaces for Development list. 

The Burntwood-based developer of affordable housing and Extra Care schemes took 20th place in the Small Companies ranking, finishing 50 places above and of their sector rivals. 

The national competition, organised by Great Places to Work, recognises firms that place a significant importance on giving their employees the chance to better themselves, to learn new skills and to progress within the organisation. 

Keon Homes, which is part of the Tara Group, was scored heavily by judges for its involvement in the Tara Academy that will equip all its 50-strong workforce with the skills and personal development opportunities it needs to help it continue to deliver the live construction projects it is currently working on. 

Through the initiative, the firm offers everyone a tailored plan that combines the best internal and external training opportunities with access to higher education courses leadership and management qualifications and supply chain/partner visits. 

A strategic partnership with Cranfield School of Management also gives staff access to 30 online learning modules. 

Recognition on the UK’s Best Workplaces for Development list comes shortly after Keon Homes was named best small construction company to work for in the UK, being ranked sixth in the overall Great Place to Work list for businesses under 50 employees. 

Julie Caudle, Director of People and Performance at Keon Homes and the Tara Group, described the latest ranking as a “fantastic achievement”. 

She added: “For this specific accolade, judges are focused on the development opportunities companies are providing and our work in this area is second to none, with the recently launched Tara Academy underpinning everything we do when it comes to supporting our people. 

“Everything is funded by the business and has been designed so that individuals can access as many of the courses as they wish and, importantly, when they want to – whether that is in person or virtually.” 

Richard Williams, Managing Director of Keon Homes, said: “It’s all about doing things differently and partnering with experts in their respective fields. Our relationship with Cranfield School of Management is a great example. 

“This, when combined with the Tara Academy, demonstrates our commitment to supporting our people to be better versions of themselves and is key to not only their personal development but that of our business. It is also a key retention tool and allows us to keep and grow some of the best talent in our sector.” 

Hayley Johnson

Senior journalist with over 15 years’ experience writing for customers and audiences all over the world. Previous work has included everything from breaking news for national newspapers to complex business stories, in-depth human-interest features and celebrity interviews - and most things in between.

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