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Staff graduate from Society's academy

24th March 2017

SIX staff have ‘graduated’ from a special academy set up by Leek United Building Society to develop managers of the future.

The Society’s Trainee Management Programme (TMP) has seen the colleagues complete an intensive course of workshops, tasks and exercises, designed to develop and teach them new skills vital for management roles.

They were also mentored throughout the 18-months programme by senior managers and members of the executive team – including Chief Executive Kevin Wilson – who helped the candidates hone their leadership qualities.

Now, the successful six have been awarded ‘graduation’ certificates and awards, and are looking for opportunities to further develop their careers with the Society.

Helen Alcock, Leek United’s Head of HR, said: “The programme has by no means been an easy ride for the group, with every workshop taking them well outside their comfort zones.

“They have carried out challenging tasks, not only in the workshops, but also in their own time, including disaster recovery scenarios, writing business reports – they even had a taste of filling some pretty big shoes by staging a mock Annual General Meeting, taking on the roles of the Board of Directors… and fielding questions from the real-life Board members.”

The six TMP ‘graduates’ are: Ben Dyer, Karl Gee, Gemma Lawson, Katie Massey, Louise Poole and Jess Scragg.

Karl commented: “The TMP has given me a greater understanding of other business areas across the Society, as well as the opportunity to develop and learn new skills which are vital for management roles.”

The success of the TMP is already in evidence, with Katie Massey securing a secondment role as Manager at the Society’s Newcastle branch.

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