Over the past couple of months, we have learnt more in business than ever before as we adapt to a ‘new normal’ way of working.
Due to current circumstances, this year’s Learning at Work Week, a national event promoting the power of learning, has gone virtual with the Campaign for Learning’s ‘On Air, Online’ initiative this week. The dedicated week has provided our business development director Rich Smith with an opportunity to reflect on our learning journeys at nmcn.
As a business we are passionate about inspiring the next generation so we can secure the best future workforce and continue to drive forward the business. To achieve this, we are starting the process very early, working with children as young as four.
Back in March we were delighted to launch our very first children’s book ‘When I Grow Up’. Aimed at 4-7 year olds, the book follows children Harry and Amy who are considering their future. The story covers a range of engineering activities and demonstrates to children that without the work of those in the construction industry, many other roles would not be possible.
The book was penned to address the skills crisis in the sector as we recognised that to get young people interested in a job in construction, we needed to start early.
In line with Learning at Work Week’s online theme for this year, we also have a number of fun and engaging online activities for children to complete that complement the book.
The popularity of the book has been incredible, from being applauded by famous faces to copies sent as far as Australia and winning an international award. We have been overwhelmed with the response and it shows the appetite out there for young boys and girls to learn more about building their skills.
Personally, working at home has meant a lot of change to family life, including having more time to read the book with my five-year-old Harry and three-year-old Isabelle. It’s a great way to get them thinking early on in life about what their future may hold. They may not choose a career in construction, but if either did want to follow in my footsteps then of course I would be really proud.
But this is just the start of our learning journey activity at nmcn. Beyond our work with children, we are continuing to enhance the skills of all of our workforce, from apprentices and graduates to our senior leadership team.
This is supported by our learning and development function which offers a range of tools, facilities, workshops and courses to help everyone at nmcn. Learning at Work Week has been rescheduled for 5th – 11th October and we look forward to sharing more detail on how we increase knowledge and understanding of the opportunities for learning and development.
Learning doesn’t end at school. It’s something we all need to be able to do throughout our career. For us, Learning at Work Week is a great way to celebrate how far we have come and set goals for the year ahead.
For further information on ‘When I Grow Up’ or to request a copy of the book email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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