Feedback from delegates, HR and even the CEO has been extremely positive, as demonstrated by the comments below.
“When working with Thales on the course outline, our focus was developing our leaders of the future. We have certainly seen our aims achieved with many of the delegates applying for promotion, secondment or additional work on project groups. What hadn’t been envisaged at these initial design stages was the positive personal impact this would have on the participating individuals. Many have spoken of a confidence they didn’t know they had. The enthusiasm of the delegates is infectious with a number of longer serving employees now applying for a place on the programme with a renewed passion for learning and developing.
The application process is a personal challenge for many, and there is a sense of pride in their achievement when they start the programme. When finishing the programme it is clear to see the delegates feel they can personally achieve more than they had imagined.”
Maureen O’Sulliavn-Day, Head of HR Services.
We also had the opportunity to speak with Elizabeth Austerberry, Chief Executive at Moat and asked her for her thoughts on the programme:
How important do you see this programme?
“I see it as extremely important – it’s the course that I wish I had been on early in my career as it teaches you to understand yourself, your motivations and how to maximise your career contribution. It also fills a gap between our apprenticeship programme and Building Futures, which is for more senior Moatees.”
Why is it important?
“Although it’s a group course, it focuses on individuals, giving them the tools they need to build their career and hopefully to become leaders in the future. It’s called Building Foundations for a good reason – it underpins so many key attributes that we look for in our people – and it helps Moat build our future.”
What has been the impact of the programme?
“It has been fantastic! So many participants have been promoted within the organisation and we have seen them visibly grow in confidence and influence. When we look for volunteers, they are often the first to step forwards, bringing a real positive enthusiasm to Moat and its journey.”
What feedback have you had about the programme?
“It has exceeded my expectations. It has had benefits in terms of business outputs and culture. It has also meant that our people are better equipped to decide what they want from their careers, are better able to pick which roles will suit them best, which is clearly a win-win. Obviously there is the risk that you invest in people and they leave, but that is one that I am prepared to take. Those that have been on the programme and have left – and it’s a very small number – have moved because the course helped to clarify for them that housing was not their passion. A couple have gone to Australia and one has set up their own Yoga business!”
What other comments do you have on the programme?
“All good! We have refined the course each year – and this year we have expanded it to cater for a wider range of skills and experience. It has been an interactive process between ourselves and Thales L&D and I think it has worked really well. One of the highlights of my year is sitting in on the presentations that we ask people to do as part of the selection process. They can speak on any topic – we just want to see their passion and enthusiasm. Competition is so fierce and the ideas and execution of the sessions are so inventive. It makes me very proud of our people and our organisation!”