As a multi-disciplinary Practice we recognise our corporate responsibility to ensure our workforce’s continued technical and professional development, as well as the importance of encouraging new people into the construction industry and supporting them as they grow into their careers.
At calfordseaden we have a well-established programme which we continue to develop and expand upon to ensure that all our employees, at whatever discipline and level, receive the experience and training they require. Here are some examples of how calfordseaden is helping to fight against ‘the ageing workforce’ and the skills and labour shortages that the industry, as a whole, is currently facing.
Apprenticeships and Part Time Degrees
We have a number of staff across various disciplines and of varying experience levels that are currently studying towards apprenticeship schemes and part-time degree courses. These range from NVQ’s through to Master’s degree level.
“I have recently gained an NVQ Level 2 in business administration supported by calfordseaden. When I left school I was unsure what direction I wanted to take in my career, but over the course of the last year, whilst supporting some of the surveyors across the practice, I have now decided to study towards my NVQ Level 3 in surveying. I am looking forward to the opportunities to develop my career in the field going forward.” Matthew Hoyle, Trainee Quantity Surveyor, London
“I have been studying towards a part time Master’s degree at London South Bank University for just over two years. I have found it advantageous being able to apply the theory and knowledge which I have gained through the course in my day to day role at calfordseaden. It has also been really useful being able to share and discuss experiences with others also studying on similar courses and being able to draw on the expertise of the other senior staff across the practice.” Joe De La Croix, Building Surveyor, London
The route to becoming Chartered
We encourage and support our staff in their route to achieving professional chartership across all of the main institutions including RICS, AoPM, RIBA, CIBSE, IET, ICE/IStructE and MIEE.
“I am currently working towards achieving membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors through the Assessment of Professional Competence. There is a range of support across the business including a number of RICS trained assessors. I meet regularly with my supervisor and counsellor and they have helped me gain experience in other parts of the business to help develop my core building surveying skills. What helps most is being able to put the theory into practice in my day to day role on projects. I am hoping to sit my internal mock interview in January next year and targeting the spring session assessment dates.“ Gemma Ford, Building Surveyor, Southend-on-Sea
The workforce of tomorrow
Whenever possible calfordseaden engages with local charities and educational institutions to identify potential talent, communicate opportunities available within the Practice and encourage new entrants to the construction industry. Patrick Everitt, a trainee Project Manager in our London office, recently presented to a group of secondary school students on his experiences in the profession.
“I was asked to present at St Thomas Apostle College at their aspirations evening event. Here I discussed my career path to date and was talking to students of various age groups about what the industry has to offer. The students were really engaging and hopefully I have inspired a few to consider the construction industry as a future career pathway.” Patrick Everitt, Project Manager, London
Continued Professional Development
Development and learning doesn’t stop once chartered status of a professional membership has been gained and calfordseaden is keen to nurture a culture of lifelong learning. Most professional memberships have a minimum CPD requirement and to support this we organise free lunchtime CPD sessions by external organisations, in-house Health and Safety training, first aid courses as well as offering access to webinars, seminars, industry forums and conferences.
We also have our own IT trainer to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to improve their efficiency through good use of IT, and keeps up to date with the latest technological packages needed to keep ahead in the industry. We have recently provided BIM Training across the business and there is Adobe Creative Suite and 3D studio Max training planned for this year. In recent years we have also had wide scale Revit training to keep us and our skills at the forefront of progress.
As a backdrop to all this, there are two exciting programmes being planned to develop our people management capacity and our current and future leaders to ensure we maintain a strategic approach to business and continue to develop as people, managers and as a business in the future. For more information please contact Liam Norris, Associate, on 01702 548449 or firstname.lastname@example.org