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Learning and development

Nurturing talent

We’re a people-first kind of business. We recognise that our success is built upon the contributions of our industry talent, and our commitment to nurturing every individual’s potential makes our workforce a force to be reckoned with. We encourage teamwork and personal development at every level, so that everyone always feels welcome and part of something bigger.

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Our approach to learning

Our Learning and Development strategy aims to nurture and develop the potential in all of our people, to ensure that VolkerWessels UK is a best in class employer, with a reputation for developing a high performing, dependable and skilled workforce. We know that learning happens all the time, not just in a classroom, and encourage the use of the 70:20:10 model of learning across our business. That means a lot of emphasis on knowledge sharing, learning from peers and in-house experts, coaching and mentoring programmes, in addition to formal programmes.

Formal courses

Through our VolkerWessels UK Academy, we offer a range of opportunities to enable our people to grow and develop their skills and competencies. As well as our graduate, apprentice and industrial training placement programmes, our in-house Learning and Development team offers ILM accredited management and leadership development programmes that help our employees build their careers from Supervisor (level 2) to senior manager (level 5), with a range of classroom-based courses, and a full suite of self-service online learning opportunities. This encourages our people to take ownership of their learning, and gives flexibility and agility to add new courses as required. We encourage and support our people in gaining a variety of professional memberships and accreditation.


Formal learning is complemented by on the job training and mentoring, and we are constantly open to new and innovative ideas to evolve our range of learning opportunities to suit the needs of the business and of individuals.

We are proud of our involvement in the annual Learning at Work Week campaign, where our people get involved in delivering a wide range of business, and non-business learning for their colleagues.

Our development programmes are supported by our Development and Performance Review (DPR) process, which identifies development needs, and helps our people access the right learning and development support when they need it. The review is based on role specific technical and behavioural competencies. Each job family has clearly set out progression routes which allows an individual to plan their development in line with their aspirations. Our Career Development Guides show the wide range of options available to all. Our DPR is not just business as usual – it is fundamental to the success of our business.

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