Whitbread approached TrainingU as an already established training provider to support them with their graduates’ development needs. We began with a consultative period which was primarily made up of numerous meetings and further discussions with our facilitators. The aim of the meetings was to drill down into the specific obstacles and problems that the Graduates would be facing so that we were able to deliver the most relevant and suitable learning experience. We worked closely with Whitbread during this consultative phase to design the appropriate and preferred format and length of each session.
As a result of this consultation phase, a comprehensive and bespoke ‘Finance Graduate Learning Programme’ was created. The programme consisted of 10 modules designed around the specific learning needs of the graduates.
The programme was created to rotate over two consecutive years for each group of graduates based on their intake year. The Whitbread Finance Graduate Scheme was intended to create ‘Future Leaders’ and therefore the training was tailored with that in mind.
In order to develop the graduates in the areas above, we created the programme to encompass the following modules:
Day 1 – Leadership Skills
Day 2 – Gravitas: Personal Presence and Impact & Assertiveness
Day 3 – Influencing Skills & Managing Stakeholders
Day 4 – Management Skills
Day 5 – Presentation Skills & Resilience to Stress
Day 6 – Handling Conflict & Developing High Performing Teams
The delivery of these modules was scheduled throughout each graduate’s first and second years of the ‘Finance Early Career Learning Programme’ and as some of the modules were half day sessions, this equated to 6 individual full days of training.
We created bespoke workbooks for each graduate which they could keep hold of and bring along with them to each session. The sessions were designed to be very interactive with lots of games, activities and group discussions and so the workbooks were shaped around this.
Post course evaluations were completed at the end of each session so that we could provide continuous feedback to Whitbread. We also scheduled various catch up meetings to ensure that the programme was running smoothly and that the objectives were consistently being met.