As the new year fast approaches, are you prepared for the new challenges that 2017 may hold? As we continue to grow our offering, we introduce new courses which will help you overcome obstacles and allow for increased professional development within an ever developing world. From Building Information Modelling, to Cyber Security Awareness courses tailored to suit the needs of your organisation, we look forward to delivering a wide variety of training courses and exciting leadership programmes in the new year.
Building Information Modelling
Did you know? By 2016, all centrally procured government construction projects must be delivered using Building Information Modelling, otherwise known as BIM. We offer a 12-hour practical course designed to instruct you on how to draw a 3D model in Revit which will include how to input and output data from the drawing including: schedules, specifications of materials and components, quantities and cost information.
Cyber Security Awareness
In October 2016, the government introduced their five-year National Cyber Security Strategy which aims to ensure Britain is confident, capable and resilient in a fast-moving digital world. Much of the Britain's prosperity now depends on the ability to secure technology, data and networks from the potential threats we face, that is why we deliver a Cyber Security course, designed specifically to suit the whole workforce.
Manufacturing Skills Partnership
In collaboration with Rolls-Royce, Roundhouse Thinking engaged in The Manufacturing Skills Partnership to develop their supply chain and support apprentices and their peers across the wider Engineering and Manufacturing sector.
• Worked with over 50 organisations
• Supported over 120 Apprentices in the workplace
• Delivered Coaching and Mentoring to over 250 delegates
• Offered a variety of CPD to organisations such as Project Management, Creating a Lean Environment and Finance for Non-Finance Directors
Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner
This 5 day course aims to train delegates on how to fully apply the Prince2 principles to the running and management of projects. The course will take you from beginner level all the way through to a registered Prince2 Practitioner through expert tuition and coaching.
In February 2017, Roundhouse Thinking are going to be delivering a Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner course.
Microsoft Excel Suite
A good knowledge of Microsoft Excel is essential for a number of positions, therefore for 2017 we are introducing a complete suite of Excel courses, including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. This gives delegates the opportunity to learn Excel through a series of levels with the same tutor, providing both consistency and quality of training. The tutor is then able to understand which level you are working towards and is then able to tailor activities to individual requirements.
Microsoft Project is designed to assist you in creating, maintaining and tracking your project plans. Learn how to use this software to become more efficient when managing projects. We highly recommend this course to be delivered bespoke to your organisation in order for you to see the full benefits.
Today, in most fields, presenting information clearly and effectively is an incredibly desired skill.
Whether you are a student, administrator or sales executive, if you wish to start up your own business or apply for a grant, you may well be asked to not only create a presentation but also present it. Understandably, this could be a daunting prospect, yet our blog aims to help you achieve this with ease.
Know your audience
Understanding the needs of your audience can help you tailor your presentation to target their interests and explain how your company can be of use in their specific situation. Whether this be with the use of facts, figures, or using their logo to incorporate an example of a design, it all goes towards helping you create a memorable presentation.
Your opening should be something that makes a connection with the audience. It can be a story, a question, or statistic. Avoid introductions of yourself or your team.
Try to stick to your three most important points. It's more important to engage the audience than overload them with everything you know. It’s a good idea to leave some information out, as it is likely that what you don't cover in your presentation will come up when you take questions.
Keep your aim in mind. You don't have to write out your presentation word for word, instead just remember to refer back to your main points and working toward your desired outcome. It’s important to present both sides of an issue as you will appear more credible if you acknowledge your competitors or any opposing arguments. After you've explained the other side, you can spell out exactly why your company is better or your argument is stronger.
The closing of your presentation is the last opportunity you have to give your audience something to remember. You can then refer back to your opening or end on a clever slogan or a call to action.
Remember to smile
Smiling increases endorphins, replacing anxiety with calm and making you feel good about your presentation. Smiling also exhibits confidence and enthusiasm to the crowd.
Practice... but don’t memorize
Like anything, practice makes perfect, therefore you’ll want to ensure you have left enough time to rehearse your presentation a number of times. While it may seem difficult or sometimes even pointless, it’s essential if you want to deliver a presentation that is going to give you results.
Tip: It’s a good idea to write your speech, or even write bullet points to prompt you when speaking.
Your environment often has a bigger impact on your delivery than you think, therefore experts recommend rehearsing your presentation in various environments, in order for you to feel comfortable with your speech. Try and do a practice run, presenting in front of a friend, colleague or family member, or even record your presentation and play it back to evaluate which areas you need to improve.
Engage with the audience
Remember to engage with the audience. If you have the chance, talk to the people you will be presenting to get a feel of the audience. This will make it easier when presenting and inviting any questions. Welcoming audience participation can boost engagement and make attendees feel like part of a conversation. It also makes you, the presenter, seem much more relatable. Don’t be put off by unexpected questions – instead, see them as an opportunity to give your audience what they want.
Learn from others
Why not attend some conferences? This will allow you to see how others present and understand what potential you detail you could include in your presentation. If you are unable to attend conferences, there's some great examples on YouTube.
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Last week exhibited at the East Midlands Expo and what a great time we had. Like any exhibition it provided us with an excellent opportunity to network with local engineering companies across the Midlands.
Attending allowed us to reach a specific audience which our training is extremely relevant to. It also gave us the opportunity to network, enhance our reputation as a leading training provider and ultimately provide companies with the knowledge on how to upskill their workforce.
Why were we at the Expo? Let’s just say, we know our facts.
An abundance of engineering companies are predominantly Midlands based. High value engineering constitutes 6% of employees in the region and 19.5% of the working population in the UK, making the sector one of great importance. It has however, been identified that there are skill shortages within the engineering sector, particularly in the following; research and development and problem solving.
According to The IET annual survey, the “skills gap” has worsened for the ninth year in a row. This gap has not gone unnoticed either, having since become an important economic issue and one of the reasons for Britain’s strained productivity. Bridging the skills gap is therefore required in order to equip engineers with the essential skills that will ultimately help businesses plan for a sustainable future, progression and survival.
Managers, take note.
Managerial skills are also a very important factor within the sector. Selecting and developing the correct people to run a business is crucial. Paired with practical knowledge, skills such as leading change, performance management and practical problem solving are very important.
With the skills shortage threatening the sustainability of businesses nationwide, it is paramount that businesses upskill their workforce in order to lead effectively. The overwhelming consensus among employers is that too many employees lack skills such as; critical thinking and problem solving, collaborative/teamwork, communication, adaptability/managing multiple priorities, planning/organisation.
It has been reported that Britain only produces around 25,000 engineering graduates per year, however Sir James Dyson has said that he would require 3000 if his company is able to expand further. A shortage of engineers and necessary skills can have a detrimental effect to economic sustainability of engineering employers, with many companies having reportedly said that the shortage could be “a threat to their business in the UK”.
Without transferring and developing knowledge, there is a risk that a huge amount of experience will be lost to the industry within the years to come. The importance of engineering is significant not only to the economy but also with regards to employment. Every new engineering role, creates an additional two jobs within the economy, therefore make it a priority to upskill.