The AGR one day conference last week was rich with ideas and discussion but I was struck by a particular point raised a few days during the day - the idea that graduate developers should be focusing as much if not more attention on training managers as on new graduate recruits if they want thier programmes to really succeed. This opinion came from some delegates but also from some line managers who joined a session and shared their experiences and thoughts about graduate development.
Training managers who manage graduates would help to provide graduates with better development in roles and placements and would also improve consistency of experience across organisations. Managers suggested short workshop type sessions that were interactive and provided practical help and support in managing gradautes as a distinct group of employees. They suggested involving managers in designing the training.
When challenged whether managers would actually take part the managers advised graduate developers to get support from senior management and insist on attendance.
Any thoughts, experiences of this or ideas?