“Professional development is an essential part of our firm.”
–Gary Brennen, co-president
Syska believes that by investing in continuous professional development it will enable team members to create a framework for a rewarding career. The investment in learning broadens the spectrum and depth of talent, fostering knowledge sharing and contributes to overall success. Through in-house training, webinars, tuition reimbursement and retreats, Syska provides a diverse learning environment that encourages each employee to continually raise the bar.
Syska has created resources available to our team members that differentiate us from other employers.
Engineer Development Training Program
To accelerate recent college graduates’ careers, all entry-level engineering hires participate in Syska’s one-year Engineer Development Training (EDT) Program. This time honored program is a trademark of our commitment to the development and education of young engineers through cross-training in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, energy modeling, LEED, sustainability and business practices – all items that make well-rounded engineers.
Team members regularly visit job sites to experience projects underway, while being mentored by more senior engineers. The value of mentoring and technical training shortens employees’ learning curve, increases performance and retention, maximizes the effectiveness of the organization all while achieving the firm’s strategic goals and objectives.
The Syska Employee Network of Support and Education (SENSE) is a self-directed group of team members with 2 to 12 years of experience. SENSE promotes professional development, social engagement and technical assistance to engineering and corporate members of the firm. SENSE encourages peer-to-peer learning and local and national levels, building relationships both inside and outside the firm. SENSE also promotes giving back to organizations that employees are passionate about, creating lasting and positive impacts in local communities.
Syska Hennessy Advocating for Professional Equality (SHAPE) strive to promote and foster a collaborative workspace rooted in respect and powered by authenticity. We embrace an environment that is committed to embedding diversity and equality into the core of our business and culture. To learn more on our SHAPE initiative focuses.
Red Vector is Syska Hennessy’s Learning, Exploration and Development (LEAD) Program. Syska’s LEAD program provides employees with the tools and resources needed to continue to grow in their career goals and within the Syska organization. Through our partnership with Red Vector employees will have access to over 2,500 courses covering both technical and professional learning opportunities. Red Vector’s collaborative blended learning platform is the leading provider of quality training for professionals and offers many interactive courses to help sharpen professional skills and advance careers—accessible online anytime, anywhere. To learn more on the LEAD program.
SYSKA’S SWE Champions Program
One of SHAPE’s 2020 objectives, Recruiting for Diversity, is designed to attract and retain our pipeline of female applicants and population of female employees. The first step of this initiative involves collaboration with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
SWE is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. Its core values — integrity, inclusive environment, mutual support, professional excellence, and trust — echo our own.
We have launched this effort by identifying “SWE champions” in each Syska office. These volunteers join SWE, attend local and national events, and familiarize members with Syska. We also sponsor chapter scholarships for students. SHAPE, in alignment with Syska’s commitment, will support and provide direction to our SWE champions as we continue to rollout the program. Together, we can enrich Syska’s talent base and internal strengths, while serving as a model for the industry at large.