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Case study: developing graduate engineers at Kentz Engineers & Constructors

Hugh O'Donnell (Kentz Engineers & Constructors, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Takis Karallis (Kentz Engineers & Constructors, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Eric Sandelands (Corporate Learning Consultants, Stokesley, UK)
James Cassin (Kentz Engineers & Constructors, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Donal O'Neill (Kentz Engineers & Constructors, County Tipperary, Ireland)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 27 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to outline the approach and process in place within Kentz Engineers & Constructors to develop graduate engineers on an international basis.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach adopted is that of a case study which describes activities and processes within the organization and the rationale behind them, supported by appropriate material. The case study is based upon threads of experiences within the organization over an extended period of some years.

Findings

Findings include the need to facilitate experiential learning and provide mentoring within a socialization as well as developmental process.

Research limitations/implications

This is a case study focusing on the experiences and practices of one organization. It does not represent an empirical study. However, it contains insights that may be of practical value within businesses and other organizations seeking to develop graduate engineers, or, more broadly, seeking to manage the transition of new workers.

Originality/value

This paper illustrates the approach of one international organization to the development of graduate engineers within the construction industry.

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Citation

O'Donnell, H., Karallis, T., Sandelands, E., Cassin, J. and O'Neill, D. (2008), "Case study: developing graduate engineers at Kentz Engineers & Constructors", Education + Training, Vol. 50 No. 5, pp. 439-452. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910810889101

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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