Housebuilding duo mark leadership qualification with tree planting

Jo and Callum. Image credit: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media

AN Aberdeen housebuilder has celebrated two team members completing a leadership qualification by dedicating a tree to them.

Sales administrator Jo Langley and senior quantity surveyor Callum Cowie, from Cala Homes (North), planted the tree at the developer’s Oldfold Village community in Milltimber.

The duo completed Cala’s Building Leaders programme, which is open to anyone in the company who has recently taken on, or aspires to, a managerial role.

Graduates are awarded a Level 3 qualification in supervision/management, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, at the end of the 18-month course. The programme comprises a mix of face-to-face and virtual learning as well as project-related work specific to each person’s role.

Cala said that tying into the company’s sustainability strategy, recent graduates were given the opportunity to plant trees to mark their work and celebrate their achievements.

Callum Cowie said, “I decided to undertake the course to take my leadership and management skills to the next level. The course was great and I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone at Cala to develop their career.”

Jo Langley added, “Planting a tree to mark our qualification was a great idea, it will serve as a lasting reminder of what Callum and I achieved.”

Cala employees can apply for the programme, with candidates invited to an interview before the final selection is announced.

Mike Naysmith, MD of Cala Homes (North), said, “Our Building Leaders programme helps to develop the leadership potential of our team and support them to grow with the business. It requires talent and commitment and we’re proud of Callum and Jo’s hard work in achieving their qualifications.”