I was thinking the other day about my first boss when I moved to London. To me he as a towering talent and a real inspiration. I watched how he operated and tried to emulate his calm approach, political skill and professional clarity. He set me feet on the right path and helped me reach my potential. Adrian Moorey – if you are out there, I am very grateful.
I know we all learn in different ways. I have had a stint at lecturing and it was clear to me then that getting the facts to stick in peoples’ heads takes different approaches for different people. There are those, like me, who can be quite quick on the uptake but it’s our mistakes that really bring things home. Other people take a more considered route and I’ve always admired them for their structured and dedicated approach to learning new information and skills.
Our differences dictate why the APS aims to offer a range of methods to suit our diverse learning styles. Our current CPD sessions on asbestos are booking up fast so, if you are a face-to-face learner, you would be well advised to sign up soon. We are also looking at increasing the number of webinars we put on as well as the written practice notes and fact sheets we publish.
But nothing really beats learning by example. And that is one of the driving forces behind the annual APS CDM and student designer awards. The awards are not just a ‘nice to win’ but a ‘best way to go’ as they serve as a beacon of best practice for everyone working across the construction sector. We have just launched this year’s search for the stars in the APS family and are looking for:
- CDM Dutyholder of the Year
- Health, Safety and Wellbeing Initiative of the Year
- Project of the Year, and
We are also calling on students in any construction discipline to submit their best work to the:
- Student Designer of the Year
The deadline for entries is on Friday 10 May at midnight.
If you think you can lead the pack now’s the time to put yourself to the test! You can find out more about the awards and enter on the right hand side of this page.