The first 17 people have completed Wolseley UK’s Accelerated Development Programme, its new staff development initiative.
The programme identifies high potential employees within Wolseley UK. Following the successful completion of a six month programme, promises a promotion to branch manager when a suitable position becomes available.
The programme developed and launched in June 2012. 17 employees with different roles within the business, including team supervisors, deputy branch managers and network support managers, were selected to take part in the inaugural programme, which was made to give participants a broad range of skills required for more senior roles within the business.
All participants were then allocated a mentor from branch operations, to support them through the programme. The course continued with a First Line Management module and a series of other training workshops including Essentials of Safety Management and Managing Conduct and Underperformance.
Branch improvement projects were also allocated to encourage project management and practical problem solving. One employee undertook a stock returns project and managed to save an average branch four hours per week. He is now working with senior management to roll out the initiative across the business.
Mairead Golding, Leadership Development Manager, Wolseley UK, said: “It is a crucial part of Wolseley UK’s business strategy to grow our own people and develop talent from within.
“I am immensely proud of this scheme and what it represents: a commitment to talent development that results in real career progression. We reward staff loyalty and ability by developing our own leaders of tomorrow. Well done to all the recent graduates of the Accelerated Development Programme. It shows hard work and commitment really does pay off!”
The Accelerated Development Programme has continued this year with the appointment of 17 new high potential recruits from across the Wolseley UK business. It is anticipated that up to 18 more colleagues will be recruited onto the programme in July 2013.