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Success at the AGR Development Awards!

Congratulations to Costain who won the AGR award for Business Led Development at the 2015 AGR Development Awards.

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.

National Grid wins award for its GDP!

Our client, National Grid, has scooped the Power Team of the Year award, during the recent People in Power Awards.  The award presented by Dame Kelly Holmes on behalf of the National Skills Academy for Power, was in recognition for the improvements realised through the implementation of the Enhanced Graduate Development Programme (GDP) Framework.

The enhanced GDP has delivered a range of business specific improvements to the development aspects of the programme, including;

  • A “best in class” bespoke Performance Management System - driving responsibility for  performance and rewarding graduates who add significant business value
  • Establishment of GDP Governance Forums - improving business and learner engagement and driving continuous improvement
  • Rated 14th in The JobCrowd Top 50 Graduate Employers - key recognition, as this  award is based on graduates experiences whilst on-programme

Craig Smith - Learning & Development: Graduate Programme Manager said; 

‘We are delighted to win the Power Team of the Year Award. This recognises 18 months of hard work taking National Grid’s Graduate Development Programme from good to great. Interaction Learning and Development have been an integral part of our Graduate Development Programme for a number of years and have significantly contributed to its overall success’.

We have been working with National Grid for ten years delivering the behavioural component of their GDP. 

If you would like to find out more about:

  • our work with National Grid click here
  • our approach to graduate development click here
  • or our graduate research click here