At Ahern, we take the professional and personal development of our employees seriously. We don’t just talk about it – we put the resources behind it to make it happen. To help employees reach their goals in all facets of life, we have implemented a comprehensive professional and personal development package.
Ahern offers dedicated resources to help you progress in your career here at Ahern whether you want to take on more responsibility, manage other, hone your technical skills or become an expert in your chosen field.
Ahern’s training philosophy is grounded in validated adult learning principles including learning by experience, training for current needs as well as future, and providing the right training for the right needs at the right time. We utilize a best-in-class Learning Management System (LMS) for the development of position specific competencies, soft skills, and other self-paced training.
In conjunction with our LMS, we take a holistic approach to training and development encompassing technical and on-the-job training, industry-specific leadership and technical development, and regular classroom and virtual trainings that align with our company’s goals and initiatives. Additionally, we offer quarterly “Sharpening Your Saw” sessions for both managers and employees aimed at providing the necessary tools and information to be successful. Our commitment to employee development extends to company-paid external trainings, professional organization membership fees, lunch and learns, targeted company trainings, and leadership materials.
At Ahern, every employee has the ability to create an Individual Development Plan with their manager to chart a path forward to obtain the necessary experience and training to reach their specific career goals.
Ahern also offers specific career paths for select positions such as design, project management, estimating and sales that set out the specific experience, training, and study associated with advancement in those roles.
We also encourage employees to learn from one another through formal and informal mentorships, job shadowing, and best practice groups. Each quarter, Ahern’s Management Committee (including the CEO) holds an informal roundtable discussion with new employees to help them understand the core competencies and values of the company and to share their career stories.
Additionally, education assistance is provided to full-time employees who wish to improve their job performance or better their potential for job advancement within the company; employees may be reimbursed for tuition, books, and related fees.
Ahern offers eligible employees reimbursement to fund their own personal development. Employees may choose any topic that interests them such as cooking classes, scuba diving, quilting, photography, automotive repair, golf lessons, etc. and may submit these for reimbursement.