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Culture of Continuous Engineering Training and Talent Development – The LotusWorks Ways

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A Culture of Learning

As a company, LotusWorks recognise that the key to success is a highly skilled and adaptable workforce. In an era where technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and industries are constantly evolving, the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn is not just a desirable skill but a necessity. Hence, the company has cultivated a culture of learning that encourages employees to embark on a journey of continuous improvement which further enhances their career goals. Training and Education is the fuel that drives innovation, maintains competitiveness, and ensures personal growth and job satisfaction among employees. Through its commitment to continuous learning and development, LotusWorks not only cultivates a culture of constant growth and innovation but also reinforces its reputation as a people-first organisation, where structured initiatives and programmes actively support and empower each member to reach their full potential.

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Culture of Education

The engineering sector, which, as noted by the American Society for Engineering Education, experiences a significant turnover in knowledge every 2.5 to 5 years. What does this mean for engineers? This rapid evolution necessitates a strong commitment to lifelong learning among self-driven and that is not only self-driven but often mandated by licensure boards.

For instance, according to the National Society of Professional Engineers, engineers are typically required to complete between 12 to 15 hours of Professional Development Hours (PDHs) annually to maintain their licenses.  This continuous learning is not just about fulfilling a requirement; it’s a strategic investment in one’s career. A survey by ASME underscores this, revealing that 67% of engineers regard ongoing education and training as pivotal to their career progression.

By providing tailored educational supports and resources, this not only helps engineers stay abreast of the latest industrial trends and technologies but also significantly contributes to their personal and professional growth, ensuring they remain at the forefront of innovation and excellence in their field. 

The Industry Impact of Investing in Education and Training Courses

By setting high benchmarks in training and career advancement, we not only elevate the competencies of our teams but also influence the engineering industry at large. This strategic focus on continuous improvement and innovation has contributed significantly to raising industry standards and fostering a culture of perpetual learning.
The impact of our initiatives on the engineering sector can be seen in several key areas:

Raising Industry Standards: As these highly skilled professionals embark on complex projects across various domains, they set new benchmarks for quality and efficiency, compelling peers and competitors alike to elevate their own standards.

Enhancing Global Competitiveness: In a globalised economy, the competitiveness of the engineering sector is paramount. The global standing of the local engineering workforce, makes it more attractive to international projects and collaborations. This, in turn, drives innovation and economic growth, benefiting the wider community.

Boosting Engineer Competencies: Investment in training courses and education not only enhances the technical competencies of its engineers but also nurtures essential soft and job relevant skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical reasoning.

An Overview of LotusWorks’ Educational Support

Under our continuing professional development (CPD) policy, LotusWorkers can avail of a range of learning activities designed for employees to maintain or enhance their knowledge, competencies, and personal qualities. There are many supports available to all LotusWorkers as part of our commitment to continuing education.

Work-Based Learning: By integrating a comprehensive range of engineering training courses and hands-on training workshops, LotusWorks ensures that its workforce is not just adept at managing the technical demands of their roles but also excels in navigating complex challenges, devising innovative solutions, and making informed decisions.

Educational Assistance Programme: Our Educational Assistance Programme shines a light on the journey of personal and professional growth. By covering up to 50% of course fees, we empower our employees to embark on diverse educational paths. Whether it’s delving into the intricacies of their current roles or exploring new disciplines, the programme is meticulously designed to align with the individual’s career and personal aspirations.

Intake of Interns and Graduates: Nurturing the next generation of talent through its intake of interns and graduates is another method for ensuring that we’re playing a part in supporting the right talent and future-proofing the sectors we operate in. Our partnership with Technological University Dublin’s Learn + Work program is a testament to this commitment. The program allows students to alternate between full-time study and placement within the company, ensuring they get a balanced blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application. 

LotusWorks Training Academy: The LotusWorks Training Academy is an internal platform dedicated to fostering professional development and skill enhancement for our employees, known as LotusWorkers. This platform offers a diverse array of short courses tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of its workforce. By providing access to a wide range of topics related to their profession, the academy ensures that LotusWorkers are well-equipped with the latest knowledge and techniques in their field. This initiative enhances individual competencies and contributes to the organisation’s overall growth and excellence, emphasising LotusWorks’ commitment to continuous learning and employee development.

Employee Spotlight: The Impact of Training and Development

Building on LotusWorks’ dedication to training, education, and learning and development, employee personal journeys showcase the tangible impact of LotusWorks support initiatives. Their experiences, not only highlight the effectiveness of our programs but also demonstrate the influence of our commitment to each individual’s growth and success. “I embarked on the UCD Leadership and Management course to gain a better understanding of the different elements of management and leadership. The biggest takeaway for me from this course was to look at how I manage people within my team, as at any one time you can be dealing with a multitude of people and personalities, so for me that was my biggest takeaway, both professionally and personally. LotusWorks supported me with taking part in this course, through the educational assistance programme, which was amazing as without this, I probably would have been unable to take part in the course. The support I received from my managers on site too was second to none” 

Kieran, Utilities Shift Team Lead

“I started with LotusWorks as an intern in 2017. Since then, I’ve worked in various commissioning roles working on heating/cooling, air conditioning, waste collection and water treatment. I’ve gained a multitude of different process knowledge and have grown into a successful commissioning engineer. With LotusWorks’ Educational Assistance Program, I was able to take the knowledge and experience that I’ve gained with LotusWorks from joining as a fresh college grad and become a Building Commissioning Certification Board Certified Commissioning Professional.”   

Brendon, Certified Commissioning Professional/ Controls System Technician Associate Certificate   

The Future of Learning at LotusWorks

The journey of learning never stops. Hence, as we are constantly evolving, so are the learning and educational initiatives. The company envisions a future where every employee is empowered with the resources and opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed. This vision for continuous learning and improvement is not just a roadmap for the future but a commitment etched into the very DNA of our company.

Conclusion

Employees who are encouraged to learn and innovate are naturally more engaged and motivated, leading to higher productivity and client satisfaction. The company’s strong support for learning, development and education underscores its belief in the transformative impact of continuous learning – a principle that is evident across its workforce and innovative strategies. Reflecting on the various stories and initiatives shared, it becomes evident that we are doing more than just building a workforce; it is fostering a community of lifelong learners.

FAQ's

Our commitment to educational supports empowers our teams by providing them with access to critical tools and resources.. This strategic investment helps bridge the talent gap in mechanical engineering and related fields by ensuring engineers have the necessary skills and knowledge to excel.

By investing in educational supports, LotusWorks plays a pivotal role in the career growth of engineers and technical talent. This support enables them to pursue further education and training in areas such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and project management, thereby expanding their expertise and enhancing their contribution to the field.

LotusWorks’ support for continuing education significantly impacts the engineering sector by addressing the talent shortage head-on. By enabling access to advanced educational resources and supports, LotusWorks ensures a steady supply of highly skilled talent ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.

LotusWorks’ support for continuing education significantly impacts the engineering sector by addressing the talent shortage head-on. By enabling access to advanced educational resources and supports, LotusWorks ensures a steady supply of highly skilled talent ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.

By investing in engineering courses, LotusWorks significantly enhances the skill sets of engineers which drives innovation and excellence in the engineering sector.

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