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Concrete In Australia : June 2013
FROM THE PRESIDENT 2 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 2 ere is no better time to invest in skills and training. You may read these words and wonder if I have lost touch with reality. It is clearly apparent that the construction and consulting industries are currently facing challenging times. At a time when work pressures are signi cant, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture as work and client needs take priority -- and rightly so. However, the current situation actually provides employers and employees with unique opportunities to invest in developing their skills and knowledge. Why continue to invest in professional development? What is in it for our organisation? What is in it for me personally? Continuing to invest in professional development will help your organisation do the work you do. Time is the ultimate resource, and the opportunity to invest time into developing expertise comes along infrequently. Right now, organisations have more time to invest in training their workforce. By investing in acquiring new skills, organisations and individuals will be both better placed to take advantage of emerging work opportunities, and be able to build a skills base in areas previously untapped. Both of these outcomes will assist organisations and individuals in meeting the challenges currently facing our industry. Of course this requires a long-term view of your organisation s strategic positioning, but successful organisations are o en the ones that are able to survive in the short-term while still planning for the future. Actively reinventing, repositioning and re-skilling are all traits of successful organisations and individuals. "Promoting and developing excellence in concrete technology, application, design and construction throughout Australia" are the reasons the Institute exists. As a "not-for-pro t" organisation, the Concrete Institute has a unique and important role in providing quality professional development for our individual and company members. In addition to face- to-face networking, state seminars, the national seminar series and the biennial conference all provide cost e ective and directly relevant professional development opportunities. All levels of the Institute are striving to provide you and your organisation with quality training and technical development activities. Yes, times are tough across the sector. But sooner or later work will pick up and organisations will nd themselves with increasing workloads. Use this time wisely to position yourself and your organisation to take advantage of the downtimes. Otherwise you may nd that as work increases, other rms and individuals who do plan for the future are in a better position to take full advantage of the positive changes that will eventually come. Liza O Moore President, Concrete Institute of Australia email@example.com Platinum Members Investing in your workforce