Effectively Onboard & Train Staff

9:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

9:10 am Designing Your Onboarding & Training Including Gap Analysis, Defining Objectives & Planning Implementation


With a major skills shortage getting worse, and job sites relying on less experience workforces, your onboarding and training processes are becoming more critical. In this workshop, we’ll explore:
• How to identify the needs of your people, including in-depth gap analysis, so you can set the right objectives and prioritize training on the topics that matter most
• How to plan an effective onboarding process or training session: understanding the importance of planning rather than diving straight into the development of a slide deck
• Creating feedback loops and tracking the effectiveness of your training, which can be integrated into future gap analysis and planning for continuous improvement

10:10 am Upskilling Communication, Literacy & Basic IT of Jobsite Workers to Ensure They Can Competently Maintain Safety Expectations


• Understanding that making a commitment to staff through stable contracts and regular training is necessary to improve basic skills
• Appreciating the importance of project managers and executives being on the job site and having a hands-on influence on people development
• Hosting regular onboarding meetings for workers and their managers, including for subcontractors, to ensure clarity over safety expectations

10.50am Morning Refreshments

11:30 am Creating a Culture of Mentorship & Investing in People to Enable an Increase in Both Productivity & Safety


• Recognising how previous generations of jobsite workers were trained compared to today: how can we increase support for the younger generation?
• Hearing how the experienced, mature generation can be better utilized as mentors: are they motivated to play this role on the jobsite today?
• Understanding the generational communication gap, why it exists and what techniques have been successfully applied to overcome it

12:10 pm Delivering Training in a Hybrid World that Works for Technophiles and Technophobes

  • Ron Adams VP Risk Management, Baker Roofing


• Exploring the role of virtual training post-pandemic: is this something that should stay as supplemental support, or should all training go back to being in person?
• Reviewing best practices for training virtually when social distancing or other factors reduce the ability to conduct in-person training: how to apply to a physical job site?
• Assessing the provision of a range of in-person and online resources on the same topics so each individual can access training at the time and method of their choosing

12:50pm Networking Lunch

Safety Planning

1:50 pm Integrating Safety Considerations into Project Bidding, Planning & Constructability Reviews to Reduce Hazards Before They Occur

  • Lance Murray Construction Safety Manager, Mark Young Construction


• Involving estimators in conversations to ensure work is won without sacrificing safety, including adequate time and budget set aside
• Working with your preconstruction team, architects and engineers to conduct design reviews, identifying aspects of the job that will be hazardous to complete and amending designs accordingly
• Assessing safety implications of the project schedule: is it possible to reduce the number of staff on site on any given day, or to assign more time to hazardous aspects of the work?

2:30 pm Audience Discussion: Tackling Inconsistencies in the Perception of Risk to Ensure Confidence in Safety Culture Across All Job Sites

  • Lance Murray Construction Safety Manager, Mark Young Construction


• Understanding that each superintendent and project manager will naturally have their own perception of risk
• Discussing what safety professionals can do to bring about greater awareness of this perception inconsistency and define expectations
• Sharing best practices on how contractors have brought about more consistency in safety culture across all their job sites

3:10 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

3:20pm End of Conference