First Environment highly values training, education and professional development. Senior management and other senior members of the firm identify formal training opportunities for individuals within the firm and the firm as a whole. The company also pays for Professional Memberships and Continuing Education Hours for Professional Certifications. In addition, employees are encouraged to submit requests to attend a formal training course relevant to their position. Employees may also participate in our tuition reimbursement program that has allowed many employees to further their education and work towards business degrees or other advanced technical degrees. First Environment works with employees to support scheduling flexibility in order to accommodate class start times as needed.
Informally, First Environment holds weekly internal training sessions in the form of lunchtime seminars. Employees in the corporate headquarters meet at noon and are joined by the other offices via telephone. There is no shortage of presentations, which are made by colleagues who share knowledge they have acquired by attending conferences, participating in training, or from a recent project experience. Similarly, lunchtime seminars are held for the purpose of updating others on progress on internal green initiatives and environmental management system issues.