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Helping Atkins Communicate Knowledge

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This month we delivered our Communicating Knowledge module to engineers from Atkins, supporting their in-house Nuclear Sector Technical Leadership programme.

Effective communication is crucial for successful business and personal interactions. The module is designed to help Technical Specialists become more skilful and reflective in communicating the attributes and benefits that they offer the organisation.

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Effective communication is crucial for successful business and personal interactions. The module is designed to help Technical Specialists and engineers become more skilful and reflective in communicating the attributes and benefits that they offer the organisation.

Atkins is the UK's largest design, engineering and project management consultancy, providing multidisciplinary technical expertise in civil and structural engineering design.  We have previously worked in partnership with the company, when Dave Whitmore (Director - Engineering and Technical, Nuclear at Atkins) provided technical expertise on the Project Management module of the Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism. 

Now we have collaborated further on a new bespoke five module Atkins Technical Leadership Programme, designed to enable senior engineers to learn new leadership skills and knowledge that they can apply in the business straight away.  The programme has a focus on behavioural issues that affect successful technical leadership and project outcomes, and our expertise in delivering modules that meet these requirements was an essential component in being asked to provide two new modules for this programme: Communicating Knowledge and Appreciative Leadership. We envisage that a number of Atkins senior engineers from the target population will follow the programme over the next two to three years.

The Communicating Knowledge module was delivered by Aston Business School’s Paul Butler of CED and Dr Uwe Napiersky of the Work and Organisational Psychology Group. The content is based on an existing module which is delivered to Jaguar and Land Rover, which forms part of SEMTA’s Advanced Skills Accreditation Scheme (ASAS) and has been tailored to Atkins’ requirements. 

Developed specifically for Engineers, this module:
  • Reviews the tools and techniques to stimulate high quality decision making
  • Explores the differences between interpersonal, collaborative and technology-based communication and how/when to use them
  • Investigates models which exemplify knowledge communication barriers and offers possible strategies to address these.

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