Linh Pham (centre) has been appointed fund manager of EG's High Income Sustainable Office Trust

Pandemic highlights value of workplace training

With the constant interruptions to workplaces and large swathes of the population working from home, it’s little surprise there is now less on the job training going on in the midst of the pandemic. 

Digital coaching provider Ezra, recently revealed the workplace training sector had seen its first year on year decline in over a decade.

According to research conducted by the company, the average employee dedicates an estimated 34.7 hours per year to learning within the workplace, with the global sector value up 52 per cent in the past 10 years, from $244.4 billion to $370.3 billion.

“Workplace training is now a fundamental part of modern-day business and it enables a company to remain compliant and competitive in an ever-changing business landscape,” Ezra founder, Nick Goldberg said.

“But it’s not just about ensuring your workforce are fit for purpose and it can add an incredible amount of value to employees who see the ability to learn and evolve as an important aspect when career satisfaction is concerned.”

With the working from home revolution expected to continue, at least in some part well beyond the pandemic, many are asking what is being lost not just in formal on the job training, but informal mentorships and passive observation that occurs every day. 

Job Movements

Former Xlam executive and non executive director of Prerab Aus Paul Kremer has been appointed to a new three year project with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) based in Chicago.

The project will research and examine the benefits of using mass timber (CLT) in concert with structural steel with the aim of creating a hybrid solution for high-rise buildings. 

Mr Kremer joins a committee of experts from around the world who collectively will guide the project which commenced in July and will continue until 2023. 

“The growing demand for more sustainable construction solutions has coalesced into hybrid solutions. Using the right material in the best place for the maximum effectiveness in design/construction is the future for buildings,” he said.  

Lindsay Baker has been named as chief executive of the International Living Future Institute, saying “it gets me back into the heart of the community that I love that works to improve the state of the built environment to meet the challenges of our times.”

Real estate fund manager, EG has appointed Linh Pham to lead its High Income Sustainable Office Trust, which follows an ethical investment strategy targeting commercial returns in conjunction with improving energy efficiency.

Ms Pham is one of a growing, but still relatively small, number of women in leadership positions within the property industry, and one of even fewer who are under 40 years of age.

UNSW’s urban research institute, City Futures has announced Alison Holloway, chief executive of SGS Economics and Planning, as the new chair of its advisory panel, farewelling panel chair since 2015, Adjunct Professor Geoff Roberts

Ms Holloway is also a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and deputy chair of the Committee for Sydney’s Planning Taskforce. Her areas of expertise include stakeholder engagement, place-based assessments, housing strategies, metropolitan plans, transport model impact assessments, policy analysis and policy workshops.

Global real estate services firm, JLL has appointed Nick Moore as the new head of sales for Work Dynamics, Australasia. 

Mr Moore is also the current chair of the NSW branch of the Facility Management Association and will be applying his IFM expertise to help businesses navigate the new post-covid workplace normal. 

“Many organisations are reviewing their vision for hybrid working styles for their employees – to include work from the office, from home and a third space that could be closer to where they live,” JLL’s managing director of accounts Work Dynamics, Australasia, Ben Tindale said.

“Nick’s experience in workplace solutions will contribute greatly to JLL’s strategic work advising companies on how to navigate the ‘next normal’ as a result of the pandemic, to deliver workplaces of the future that meet the current expectations of office workers. 

Our pick of the jobs

The International WELL Building Institute is looking for a mid-level technical account manager, based remotely anywhere in Australia, to support growth across the Asia Pacific.

Although few of us have had much overseas experience recently, they say that experience working on projects in Asia would be highly regarded, particularly in SE Asia or Japan.

According to the company, these regions were seeing rapid uptake of WELL tools and that Thailand had recently become the sixth largest market for WELL in the world, overtaking Canada, Italy and France.

“We’re looking for someone who is comfortable providing technical support to clients across the region, but can leverage their technical understanding for market development, advocacy, and education across different markets in Asia,” IWBI said. 

“We’d like someone who is as comfortable talking about the ins and outs of thermal comfort and water contaminants, as they are talking to a government organisation about why a focus on health is important to the built environment.”

Once borders reopen you may be packing your bags for trips to Asia, as well as some “infrequent travel to the US to connect with colleagues at HQ.”

Could be worth the wait. 

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