Knowing how to use a computer software programme isn’t easy unless you’re taught how. Richard Mabbott shares a feeling others can identify with. I caught up with the good-natured Project Manager with an appreciation for a good bacon and egg breakfast, after he completed computer skills training with Business Development Company six months ago.
As a Project Manager at Gibbons Construction in Nelson, Richard’s day job requires him to manage up to four construction projects at a time. Each project has a team of between two and 40 people. It takes people skills, organisation, leadership and management skills to get the jobs completed on time and within budget. It also requires the use of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Project. “I need to have a working knowledge of those four programmes to do my job well. That’s why I completed training.”
Computer Skills Training
Completing computer skills training in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and Project, Richard attended small classes of three participants and enjoyed the hand’s-on training and one-on-one support. He gladly tells me he still reverts back to his workbook when he comes across something he has forgotten how to do. “Every day I am applying what I learnt. It has helped me in my role immensely.”
Richard came into the construction industry with no tertiary education but completed a Diploma in Construction Management through New Zealand’s Open Polytechnic eight years ago. He was promoted from his role of Site Manager three years ago. Richard states “I hadn’t had much computer experience and I found after three years I had picked it up along the way. I had a little bit of understanding of Office, at a basic level, but I needed a lot more skills.”
Richard is quick to point out that he has “advanced at a great rate of knots, but there is always more learning to be done.” It is with this attitude and at the age of 50, that he has enrolled on a further Project Management course through New Zealand’s Open Polytechnic.
I asked Richard how he was finding studying again, and how he finds using the computer programmes. “Without learning the basics, it would have been very difficult. The training has given me an understanding to take on other projects. Once you have a basic knowledge it makes picking up new programmes easier.”
Richard we wish you all the best for your training and continued learning, and look forward to hearing how it supports your role now and in the future. Good luck!
Written by Chantell Bramley