Leadership and Training Initiative Expands at Volkert



In support of Volkert’s emphasis on professional training and licensure, Senior VP Malcolm Beasley initiated the development of in-house training opportunities for employees. The popular sessions are generally noon-time, one-hour seminars. The effort quickly expanded to all Volkert offices.

The leadership and training committee was formed to facilitate and coordinate the process company-wide. The committee, which has members representing every Volkert office and division, adopted the following mission statement:

 “The objective of the group is to lead the company’s effort in leadership and training for our employees in order to provide the most professional services available to our clients and produce the best product at the most profitable rate without sacrificing quality. To share information and provide personal development career path training so that our employees can be effective leaders.”

 Training categories and a sample of the topics covered are:

  Discipline Training:  transportation (roadway geometrics, quantity computations, capacity analysis, roadway design, corridor studies, traffic studies, bridge design, bridge inspection), survey field procedures and office procedures, utilities, construction, environmental, aviation, port/waterfront, GIS/mapping.

  Computer training: Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Microstation, AutoCAD, InRoads

  General training: business writing, technical writing and grammar.

  Safety training:  topics are currently under development for this recently added category.

  Project management:  project tracking, project startup, presentations, proposals, negotiations and budgets, scope definition, staffing, risk management, quality control, schedule, and ethics.

Attendance at the classes is recorded. A list of professional development hours earned by each employee is provided annually for their use in reporting to professional licensing organizations.
Volkert is a certified Continuing Education Provider for the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

Classes are made available through web connections using a real-time, distance learning process. Employees can participate online and by speaker phone from other office locations. The classes are recorded and placed on Volkert’s Intranet site along with handouts and PowerPoint presentations used in the class. Class instructors are Volkert employees who are expert in the topics being presented.