TORONTO - Construction sites are often full of workers from different cultural and trade backgrounds thus requiring effective communication skills in order to succeed in the field, notes the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute (PAT Institute).
"While some workers are specialized in drywall, others are electricians, plumbers, or cement pourers who all need to work together to accomplish the same end goal. Communication skills are needed to convey ideas, discuss materials, plan the build details of a specific area, and more," states a PAT Institute blog entry on the organization's website at patinstitute.ca. The training organization recommend:
Speaking in layman's terms about a project with people who won't have that specific knowledge. During construction training, students become familiar with things like building codes and how to read blueprints, which might not be as easy to understand for everyone on a construction site.
Listening is valuable skill to have on a construction site because it helps retain as much information as possible. This communication skill comes in handy when directions on tasks are given. There's a lot of noise on construction sites and being able to quickly take directives and ask questions when clarification is needed is essential.
Learning to make use of multiple communication methods. When construction sites are busy, workers communicate both verbally and non-verbally. They send emails, talk, use intercoms, walkie-talkies, hand signals, cell phones, and more. By getting comfortable with the different methods of communication workers will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. This helps "build a repertoire of communication skills" for any given situation.