Future Leaders Programme
Developing the Next Generation
Conceived in 2015 and launched at the very end of that year, it is doubted that few of those involved realised just what an impact this unique initiative – aimed at developing the next generation of valve industry professionals - would have on the association, its member companies or indeed the individuals themselves.
Put simply, the ‘Future Leaders Programme’ (FLP) delivers to delegates a unique set of experiences and development opportunities not available elsewhere.
It basically comprises a comprehensive personal development programme, free BVAA technical training, a series of ‘hosted’ days at members’ premises (product awareness/knowledge sharing/ benchmarking/best practice) all coupled with customised visits to industrial centres of excellence. What must not be under estimated however is the networking opportunities delivered by the programme too, both within and beyond the group.
BVAA also sponsors an ILM accredited Mentoring course for FLPs who ‘graduate’ and choose to take this option. As each cohort completes the programme, they become the mentors for the group following on – ensuring the groups all get to know each other and cementing the relationships between the cohorts.
The year-long course culminates in what would seem a nerve-wracking presentation to the assembled masses of the BVAA senior executives at the AGM. Or at least it would be. As testified by one of the 2017 delegates, such is the change in confidence and capability, the individuals and the group breezes through a very slick presentation with few of the fears and hang-ups they once held.
The magic mix of ingredients and experience, coupled with the guiding hand of our Personal Development Consultant, Dr Martin Haigh MBE (Lattitude7) has been phenomenally successful – and that is the universal view of all the delegates and their sponsors. Indeed, the feedback from both has been astonishing, and many of the delegates have already had their new-found skills and confidence recognised with promotions and further awards.
A key bonus however is that the FLP is rapidly gaining traction and recognition in the wider industry as a hugely desirable programme upon which to place valve industry people with talent and drive. A third Cohort was recruited for 2018, and we already have people on a waiting list for 2019 – a remarkable situation!
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Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 44