Professional Development

Knowledge Area Definition

Professional development refers to the acquisition of skills, experience and knowledge, both for personal development and for career advancement. Professional development encompasses all types of facilitated learning opportunities, ranging from college degrees to formal coursework, conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. There are a variety of approaches to professional development, including consultation, coaching, communities of practice, lesson study, mentoring, reflective supervision and technical assistance.

Value Proposition

A learning organization is skilled at creating, acquiring, sharing, and applying knowledge, and embracing change and innovation at all levels, resulting in optimum performance and maximum competitive advantage.

The EPC industry has a definite need for knowledge-based services to help it modernize and to take advantage of current technology. For the construction industry to adopt a learning organization, continuous learning and personal advancement must become fundamental within organizations at every level and throughout every project and business process. Adopting this concept requires the engineering and construction industry to focus on a long-term outlook for learning.

Human resources are the most valuable aspect of any effort to upgrade productivity and quality control. Therefore, to attain the goal of more and better construction for the money, it is necessary to upgrade the supply and preparedness of human operatives at all levels.

Supply of a younger and capable craft person has continued to vanish as the older generation retires. In order to combat this industry leaders have to work together in order to promote growth with a depleting workforce.

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