The Roads Academy offers an innovative development programme that aims at driving change in the roads industry in England. Targeted at the whole sector, the academy is designed to ensure a significant change in how the industry thinks, behaves and performs to help us meet the challenges that face us.
It brings together people working in the Highways Agency and supply chain as part of a shared learning experience. It will also help us all see things from each others’ perspective and improve collaborative working in the sector.
Delegates will develop an understanding of what it means to be a ‘world leading roads operator’ and the capability to ensure world class performance.
The academy explores ways to deliver solutions that provide value for money safely and sustainably, and identify ways to reduce capital and operating costs, and contributes towards the sustainability agenda by exploring new ways of doing things and challenging existing processes.
The programme is based around four residential workshops over a 15 month period followed by 9 months of working in an Internal Consultancy Project Group, taking learning from the programme and applying it to a project. A key aim is for delegates to carry learning and development over into the workplace, so as well as classroom-based learning at Roffey Park Institute, the academy’s academic partner, each module also includes a masterclass, action learning sets and challenge and innovation coaching sessions. Delegates develop solutions based on real issues in the sector and implement these within their own and member organisations throughout the programme and beyond. To ensure the Roads Academy programme remains cutting edge and reflects the emerging needs of the sector the content is designed so that it can change and develop to reflect changing needs in the sector.
We are keen to share the benefits of the academy across the sector, so each Roads Academy member organisation is entitled to two places at each masterclass, with the opportunity to purchase additional places. These events provide opportunities to showcase and discuss cutting edge ideas and best practice from both within and outside the roads sector. Details of previous masterclasses can be found on the Roads Academy masterclasses page.
For more detailed information about the Roads Academy programme, including current information about module topics and the qualification received upon completion, please click on the link to the Roads Academy brochure (14.5MB PDF).
Organisations from across the roads sector are encouraged to become members of the Roads Academy. There are a number of benefits associated with being a member. These benefits are:
- Access to cutting edge thinking through attendance at masterclasses delivered by leaders from both industry and academia. Up to two places at each event, additional to any current delegate(s).
- The prestige of being a member and opportunity to influence and contribute to the future of the roads sector.
- A platform to promote and share experiences and successes.
- An opportunity to nominate members of staff for the programme.
- Information and knowledge to take back and share.
If your organisation wishes to become a member of the Roads Academy, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01234 796 512 for further information.
Details of the nomination and selection process can be found on the Roads Academy Nominations page.