PCL is a leader in the construction industry for attracting and retaining quality employees and is recognized as offering a challenging and supportive work environment that promotes professional and personal growth. A number of contributing factors make PCL an attractive place to work, including a competitive compensation and benefits package, employee ownership, and the organization’s dynamic culture.
Employees take part in a training session put on by
the PCL College of Construction.
Learning and career development have helped PCL
be recognized as a top employer.
Professional development is a critical component of PCL’s strategy for training and retaining the best employees. The College of Construction was created to offer employees the educational opportunities they need to enhance their careers at PCL. The college offers face-to-face and online training courses along with an extensive collection of self-directed learning options.
“Good leaders never stop growing and learning,” said Shannon Latham, PCL’s US Head Office national director of HRPD.
PCL provides the tools, but it’s the employees of the construction company who are applying them in new and interesting ways to make sure ongoing professional development remains part of the conversation.
Learning Something New
The PCL College of Construction recently introduced Learning Road Maps (LRMs) to help employees reach their short- and long-term career goals at PCL. The goal of the maps is to assist employees by identifying targeted training and development opportunities within the college’s multitude of learning options.
Each Learning Road Map aligns competencies with course categories and course levels to provide recommended training options. They are categorized based on which sector the employee works in—civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, buildings—and by the position the employee holds. The result: every employee has the opportunity to take charge of his or her own career path.
Taking the Next Step
PCL’s Transportation Infrastructure Group (TIG) took the initiative to make Learning Road Maps a part of every employee’s development experience. After the Learning Road Maps were introduced to PCL’s TIG Tampa, TIG Raleigh, and TIG Seattle locations, the offices experienced an incredible response from employees who were eager to take advantage of their maps.
“We found Learning Road Maps to be extremely valuable because they allow employees to own their career development,” said Bledsoe. “It’s a proactive way to help them get where they want to be professionally by filling in the gaps with specific development opportunities.”
Each employee who joins the construction company now has not only access to hundreds of learning and development materials, but also a clear career development path for the future.
Making the Grade
PCL is regularly recognized for being an employer of choice and a top workplace. PCL was most recently listed as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. The ranking is based on eight criteria, which include work environment, culture, benefits, community involvement, and training and skills development. PCL was also recently named one of Aon Hewitt Best Employers, based on the results of an employee engagement survey administered to PCL Canadian employees. PCL has also made FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list of US employers for the ninth consecutive year based on an extensive employee survey. The construction company’s devotion for developing its employees through PCL’s College of Construction was a major contributing factor in PCL’s receiving these awards, along with the organization’s dynamic culture, performance management, physical workplace, employee communications, and work atmosphere.