Employee Training In The Construction Industry

Defects in a building or structure are not only expensive but also hard to fix explaining why companies in the construction industry should focus on their prevention as opposed to fixing them later. There are several strategies of minimising defects including using high quality materials, using the modern and efficient construction equipment, adhering to the set standards of operation and continuous training to improve knowledge and skills among employees.  With respect to training, there are also several approaches.

construction apprenticeships

This is where an inexperienced construction employee works under the supervision and guidance of a more experienced employee. The aim of apprenticeship is to transfer knowledge, practical skills, safety and other standards from the experienced employee to the inexperienced ones. Apprenticeship can be subdivided into different levels: intermediate (level 2), advanced (level 3), higher levels (4,5,6,7) and Degree level 6 and 7. The entry level is determined by the existing experience and skills of the employee in question. 

There are professional construction companies that offer apprenticeship opportunities each year. These apprenticeships are structured and certified. The apprenticeship opportunities are advertised as and when they fall due. However, if you have identified an organisation or professional you would love to work with and learn from, you could also approach them.

Formal Training

This is a structured training that follows a predetermined curriculum, delivered by certified trainers over a specified period of time. It could take place in an institution such as university, college, a professional training company and in some cases, in established construction companies. The training has both theoretical and practical aspects and culminates in a test that determines who should graduate. Formal training is ideal for young individuals who have interest in the construction industry but it can also be used to enhance the skills of those already in the industry.

Why should companies invest in training their employees?

A highly trained and experienced workforce has the knowhow and capacity to deliver high quality buildings and structures. The better the quality of work, the more likely a company is to retain existing clients as well as attract new ones. In addition, a company that invests in employee training has a high employee retention. Employees in such a company have a clearly outlined career growth path and therefore they are more motivated to stay. Employee retention ultimately saves money that would have been used to recruit and train new employees.

Well trained employees understand the safety standards and their application, how to effectively use different safety equipment as well as protective gear. This minimises the risk of workplace injury by preventing falls, injury by falling objects, injury by different equipment, electrocution and so on. Subsequently, the organisation is able to minimise the employee compensation budget which can be rediverted to other uses. 

Why Employees should be interested in training

Employees should also be interested in training as this increases their demand in the market place and therefore increases their probability of earning higher income over time. Besides this, it increases their chances of having a full career by minimising injuries that may lead to loss of the ability to perform work efficiently.