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Final Lap For Young Leaders

4 February 2015

Employees on the Director 15 Development Programme (D15), Costain’s Emerging Leaders programme, recently attended their final workshop, bringing to a close their participation on the two-year scheme.

The event at De Vere Wokefield Park in Reading was attended by 10 participants who joined the scheme in 2012, as well as members of Costain’s senior management team, including Alex Vaughan and Darren James, respectively Managing Directors of the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Divisions, as well as Indy Lachhar, Costain’s Group Talent Manager, who organised the event.

The D15 members are chosen from every part of the business, fast-tracking Costain’s emerging talent. Through intensive development and business opportunity projects, these participants develop self-awareness, leadership skills, resilience and business skills. Support is given through a combination of feedback, workshops and coaching.

“D15 exposes you to areas of the business that you don’t often experience in your day job. I have taken the learning from D15 directly to my current role work challenges as well as recognising the ongoing development and perspective gained for my next career role,” said Clare Webb, an Interface Manager on the C610 Crossrail project who graduated in 2009.

During the event, the attendees got the opportunity to deliver a presentation to Costain’s senior managers on their development over the course of the programme and a designated Business Improvement Project with the aim of inspiring their audience to take action.

Emyr James, a Senior Tunnelling Engineer who joined Costain in 2009, said: “By covering topics such as business strategy, and mergers and acquisitions, along with developing soft skills and learning how to create high performing teams, it has provided me with a skill set and motivation to continue developing myself and others in the future. The programme focuses on developing individual leadership and communication skills, as well as highlighting the importance of forming good business and personal relationships.”





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