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Continuous Learning in the Workplace Classroom

Originally posted August 23, 2013 by Chris Kilbourne on http://safetydailyadvisor.blr.com

As students of all ages head back to school classrooms, remind your workers that even though they may not be in the classroom of a formal educational institution, they are always in a classroom at work, in the community—and in the school of life. The lesson being that there is always something to learn, especially about safety. In today’s Advisor, we’ll look at one award-winning company that is committed to lifelong learning.

Continuous learning and development are high priorities at U.S. Security Associates—a fact that is evidenced by the firm’s many training awards and accomplishments of individual employees.

In the fall, the Atlanta-based firm received an American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) BEST Award for the second time. The firm, which provides national security services and global consulting and investigations, was ranked 13 out of 30 organizations recognized worldwide.

“We feel that a well-trained workforce plays a significant role in enabling our business,” said Chuck Schneider, president & CEO of U.S. Security Associates (www.ussecurityassociates.com). “From protecting the people, property, and assets of our customers to management and leadership development, learning is an integral part of our company culture.”

The coveted BEST Awards are presented to companies that demonstrate enterprise wide success in training. “These 30 companies get it,” says Tony Bingham, ASTD (www.astd.org) president and CEO. “They excel in creating innovative, vibrant learning cultures that clearly align with strategic business goals. The leadership of these organizations values learning and knows that having a knowledgeable and skilled workforce drives success.”

Last year, U.S. Security Associates was also recognized for its training programs by Training magazine, which recognized the firm as a top training company for the sixth consecutive year. The firm said one of the factors that helped it win this prestigious award is “the ongoing education, training, and field implementation” of employees’ learned skills in real-life settings. The firm pointed to an employee who won a Volunteer Firefighter of the Year Award—in part, because of her commitment to keep her training levels/certifications current.