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
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:
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.”
categories and a sample of the topics covered are:
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,
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 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.