WHY LIFELONG LEARNING IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
construction industry, continuous learning and development of employees is key at
all levels. The rapid pace with which technology is progressing presents new
challenges and opportunities for the industry. Keeping abreast of changes and
conducting appropriate training in a timely manner is required to stay at the
forefront of the industry.
Over the past few
decades, requirements for employees in a variety of positions across the
industry have undergone significant changes. Now, to move up the career ladder employees
need more than basic education and experience. Younger, tech savvy specialists
are well positioned to overtake those who do not keep up with the changes.
The most basic
and obvious reason to learn is safety. As we know, the nature of the
construction industry means inherent risk. To reduce risk factors for
occupational injuries, it is imperative to follow the regulations and rules of
operation, which are rapidly changing along with the modernization and
automation of equipment. Even if you are already in the position of a manager
and are not directly related to production, knowledge of technology and the
ability to manage operations will give you confidence that your team is
exercising best safety practices.
There are also
hidden benefits of continuous learning. Soft skills, such as flexibility and
adaptability are highly prized in modern work environments. Some high-profile
HR consultants prioritize soft skills over both educational background and work
experience. A well-trained employee positively reacts to changes and quickly
adapts to new working conditions.
At the company
level, a policy of employee development has undeniable advantages. Studies show
that the most financially successful organizations are those which invest in
their employees by providing systematic professional training. By expanding
internal capabilities and increasing workforce flexibility, the company avoids
a shortage of qualified employees and is less exposed to short-term changes in
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