Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Policy
At DRA, we understand that to deliver a quality service we need quality skilled people. Furthermore, the science of engineering that we practice and the materials and processes that we use are constantly evolving.
To ensure that our people are appropriately skilled and have access to the latest technology, we have adopted a CPD policy that ensures that all staff undertake a minimum of 35 hours of continuing professional Development each year. This policy forms part of our ISO 9001 accredited Quality Management System.
We offer a variety of CPD activities focused on developing a balance of not only technical skills but also interpersonal skills and the skills required to run a business. These activities include formal training courses and academic courses, one-on-one mentoring, technical talks and seminars and supplier presentations. As part of our annual staff review process, a training plan is developed for each staff member tailored to their individual needs over the following 12 months.
The objective of our CPD policy is to;
Develop our employees to the maximum of their individual ability
Share and distribute the knowledge and skills within the organisation
Motivate and retain our employees
Diversify and Enhance the expertise of the firm
Encourage sustainable and innovative design
Ensure the projects we deliver are safe to construct, maintain and dismantle
Encourage attainment of Chartered Engineer Status
DRA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a working environment with equal access to all areas of employment, benefits and development opportunities. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities across all roles in our workforce and to maintaining a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination.
Providing equal employment opportunities is a vital component of our company ethos and our success. Our employment policy states that all candidates/employees have equal opportunities for jobs, skills training and promotions regardless of race, colour, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other non-job related factor.
All of our employment decisions are based only on valid, business and technical based job requirements consistent with abovementioned principles. By maintaining an environment that fosters, respects and celebrates the diversity of our workforce, we will achieve our vision of being the leading structural and civil engineering consultancy representative of the diversity of the Irish population.
We welcome applications from a diverse range of applicants, cultures and people with disabilities. DRA ensures every person is given a fair and equitable opportunity to compete for any vacant position, including access to interviews. When applicants are interviewed for positions, an applicant’s merit is determined only on their skills, experience and qualifications.
DRA consistently strives to support and promote an inclusive and diverse workplace where individuals are treated with fairness, respect, equality and dignity by ensuring employees are encouraged to demonstrate best practice.
Health & Safety Policy
DRA are required to comply with all safety & health legislation, namely the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) 2013 Regulations as well as all other statutory provisions and Codes of Practice.
With this in mind, we have carried out risk assessments of all our key operations and process in the workplaces that we control and have produced a Health & Safety Statement. This Statement sets out identified safety & health risks and outlines measures to be adopted to mitigate these risks in order to protect everyone who works, or carries out work within our facilities.
DRA are committed to ensuring that the safety & health measures set out in our safety statement are met and have an appointed Safety & Health Manager who is responsible for educating our staff on the requirements of the statement and for ensuring compliance. We expect all employees and contractors to co-operate with us so that we can achieve our target of avoiding accidents.
Consultation on safety & health matters, between senior management, the Safety & Health Manager and all employees & contractors is carried out on an on-going basis and this document is reviewed regularly.