Chartered Building Company Pexhurst considers employee training and education as vital to its growth. Four team members share their learning and development experiences
Nick Tagliarini, director at Pexhurst worked full time while he studied for his master’s in strategic marketing – a feat that was challenging but rewarding, he says.
“It was challenging, especially due to a lot of the programme being delivered over weekends, so balancing home life with work and study took careful planning. But it was one of the most rewarding experiences in my education journey,” he says. “I had the opportunity to meet people from all different backgrounds, experiences, and working together to achieve the qualification was really enjoyable.”
Charlie Hazeltine, assistant site manager, is working towards his Level 4 HNC in Construction and the Built Environment. He says learning at work is key to developing his career.
“Being able to be on the job and learn at the same time has developed me to understand the concepts I have studied and see them applied in real-life scenarios”
“Learning at work has helped to develop my skills at a faster pace than the academic route. Being able to be on the job and learn at the same time has developed my skills and taught me how to overcome real-life problems. These are the lessons I take from job to job.
Another assistant site manager, Dan Beadle, is working towards a Bsc (Hons) in Construction Management and says learning at work has enable him to “develop a growth mindset”.
“The combination of learning in my degree and real-life experiences in the workplace has not only developed my theoretical knowledge but planning and communication skills. Learning while working has enabled me to understand the concepts I have studied and see them applied in real-life scenarios,” he says.
Ashley Williams, also an assistant site manager, is working towards his NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision. He says that employer support is key.
“Working for an employer that supports and guides you in the right direction regarding learning and education is vital, not only to help build competence and knowledge but also to help improve on a day-to-day basis. And having a colleague you can turn and talk to whenever needed is crucial. This plays a massive part in confidence-building.”