Costain is a leading engineering solutions provider working within complex supply chains. Successfully managing relationships within this supply chain is critical to the success of projects and enables it to drive forward the Engineering Tomorrow strategy and, specifically, to meet its strategic objective of working in collaboration.
Working with Costain’s Richard Howell, Head of Supply Chain and the L&D team we designed a realistic experience that allows Costain graduates to explore and learn aspects of collaborating within complex supply chains, something that is highly relevant to their roles within the organisation.
Richard Howell summed it up best. “Costain has a very mature approach to Supply Chain Management which places a very high emphasis on collaborative working. Our success is hugely reliant upon our teams collaborating with our Supply Chain and other key stakeholders. The Big Build exercise has allowed us to give our Graduates a first-hand opportunity to practice in a safe environment and understand the importance of collaboration. Such behaviours are equally important when dealing with our Customers.“
In measuring its impact we spoke with graduate line managers and graduates 12 months post programme to understand the impact of the experience.
- 70% of our line managers said that graduates ability to manage relationships within the supply chain increased as a result of participating in The Big Build
- 87% of our graduates said that following The Big Build their knowledge of Costain’s supply chain has increased
- 79% said that their ability to manage Costain’s supply chain has increased
We are particularly proud of this award. It demonstrates our business led approach to designing relevant, experiential programmes that help generate real behavioural change.