Looking For Leaders
12 August 2015
Costain has launched a new project to find tomorrow's leaders. The Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP) will support aspiring leaders. It will aim to enhance the development of personnel with a track record of performance and who are already showing leadership potential.
Sponsored by Darren James and Alex Vaughan, Managing Directors of Infrastructure and Natural Resources respectively, it will seek to ensure the Company develops the right skills and qualities for a range of leadership roles across Costain.
There is a growing need to develop leadership competencies that enable individuals to continue to turn innovation and value into commercial success. The ELP is aimed at people who can apply learning from previous experience and want to try new things to develop themselves.
The application process is getting underway now; anyone interested should be prepared to put in a significant amount of work over the 15-month period of the course.
The first step is to discuss with your manager whether both of you feel that the course is right for you. Applicants will be expected to explain how they have managed their development to date, and their view of their current development needs.
“It’s a shared decision,” explained Development Manager (Leadership), Simon Merrell. “What we want are willing people, obviously, but because of the level of commitment for the course, we need the support of their line managers.
“The time commitment will consist of around nine days of formal learning sessions spread across 15 months, but beyond that there will be individual time required. Exactly how much will depend on what the individual wants to develop.
The ELP is open to anyone who, among other factors:
*has attained Chartership or an equivalent qualification in their profession;
*and can demonstrate proactive ownership of their own development.
The first stage will be a development centre, to be held in September. This will involve group and individual exercises, including psychometric testing, to measure leadership competencies. Around 30 people will be chosen for this, with 12 then being picked for the programme: “Irrespective of whether they get on to the ELP, they’ll get valuable feedback on their performance, so they’ll get something useful out of it,” said Simon.
The ELP itself will be launched at a two-day residential course in October, which will set out the programme’s expectations and content and establish a road-map for each person’s participation. There will be three further two-day courses out to November 2016, with a closing event in March 2017 that will try to signpost future pathways for participants.
Anyone with questions about the programme, the application process or their suitability as a participant, should contact Simon Merrell.
Costain Communications Department