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20 May 2021

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UK Connect values the importance of learning at work

Learning at Work Week is an annual event held each year to build and improve educational cultures at work. It aims to highlight the benefits and importance of continual development.

The theme this year is ‘Made for Learning’, focusing on our amazing human capacity to keep learning and how we can be great lifelong learners. We spoke to Kate Hurst, Culture Manager at UK Connect and she shares the importance of UK Connect’s continuous efforts towards learning on the job.

Ensuring there is continuous learning and offering consistent support to up-skill the whole team is something that UK Connect does very well. Being a fastgrowing, quickchanging business it is important for the team to support one another and have an excellent understanding of what each department is working on.  

Onboarding Academy

One way we encourage transparency across the business is by enrolling every new starter on our Onboarding Academy. This helps the team hit the ground running and develop a deeper understanding of every aspect of the business from the core and throughout. New team members are grouped together to start on the same day and learn all there is to know about UK Connect together, from Managing Directors PJ Farr’s inspiring startup story to the ins and outs of every department. 

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I really enjoyed the Onboarding Academy, it was a great way to meet and get to know my new teammates on a more personal level before my first official day at work. I was able to get to grips with our products and customer base alongside my colleagues in a fun environment.
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Rosie Fletcher

Digital Marketing Executive

UK Connect

Personal Development 

To encourage growth within our team we establish personal development plans with employees intending to optimize their existing skills and advance their careers. As the business has developed and grown it’s been great to see many of our team members progress in tandem with UK Connect. A great example of someone who has flourished since first joining the team is Jo Cooper, who has recently been promoted from Project Coordinator to Project Manager as a result of passing her Prince2 Foundation Course. 

“UK Connect have been a great support when I expressed my desire to become a Project Manager, they supported me financially to complete my Prince2 Foundation Course and my manager motivated me throughout my study.” Joanna Cooper – Project Manager at UK Connect

Apprenticeship Program  

We recently partnered with ITP Apprenticeships and rolled out a brand-new apprenticeship scheme to support those keen to kick start a career, whilst gaining new skills and studying towards recognised qualifications. 

Off the back of this, we have recruited our first apprentice – Rajan Kang, our new 1st Line Support Apprentice who is about to join our Service Desk Team. He is working alongside and learning from our team of IT specialists who are the best of the best. Continuous tuition will play a huge part in Rajan’s journey with UK Connect as he will be gaining hands-on experience throughout, helping him find his strengths and developing them further. 

The whole recruitment process at UK Connect from the assessment day to the interview was interesting and informative. The UK Connect staff are friendly, helpful and always answer any questions I have. Rajan Kang, 1st Line Support Apprentice at UK Connect. 

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Starting a new role always involves various methods of learning whether it be mandatory/legal compliance, on the job knowledge transfer all the way through to understanding the company’s culture, integrating with your colleagues and wider teams. An apprentice has all these challenges along with the theoretical learning that comes with a role in communications. It is important that anyone sets time aside for self-learning whether it be certification based or mindfulness self-development. Apprentices have a unique opportunity to learn at their own pace across multiple technology stacks/disciplines without the pressure of a full-time role.
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Cory Sheldon

Service Desk Manager

UK Connect

Ongoing Support  

Whether it be through department reporting, geek of the week events, or the support given to improve on product knowledge through the Cradlepoint academy or other external events. The entire team are not only enabled to continuously learn but actively encouraged to do so. It’s a great feeling to know that we are all learning and growing together and there are so many opportunities to improve your skills within UK Connect. 

UK Connect are dedicated to being at the forefront of Construction Technology. To find out more about UK Connect and how it can improve your construction site’s connectivity, click here.

Sources:

https://www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk/Pages/News/Category/learning-at-work-week/ 

 

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