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/Rachel Matthews How we practice what we preach

We talk about learning cultures a lot at Bray Leino Learning, and how important they are to an organisation and its people. But the real question is do we practice what we preach? Yes, we do. As a division of Bray Leino Ltd, we are part of the ‘Bray Leino Talent Culture’ which focuses on investing in our people. Because we are a service based organisation, our product is our people, so that is where our investment must lie.

In order to achieve this successfully Bray Leino ensures that every employee, at every level, has a personal management plan in place. This is designed around the individual’s job role. Objectives and key targets over a 12 month period help create a ‘match-fit’ document, ensuring that the skills each individual has matches perfectly with their role.

This is produced through a development conversation which considers any appropriate learning that would benefit the individual. Perhaps this would be a conference or listening to a speaker. It may be a traditional training course, run either internally or externally, or even online webinars. We even offer to support industry specific institute qualifications, because we understand the importance of developing our people.Man _Training

Did you know that millennials are more likely to accept a lower salary if the right development plan is in place? Why? Because they understand the importance of furthering their skills and careers.

Bray Leino also encourages an open environment for learning. Our people understand that they can ask for training as and when they discover something that would benefit them.

We have a ‘Brilliant Basics’ plan in place as part of the ‘Bray Leino Academy’ which includes learning and development skills that match key criteria for every role in the organisation. This also includes some mandatory courses, such as the Foundation Leadership Programme for all managers throughout the organisation. Enrolling them on this means we know that they will have the knowledge and ability to interact efficiently with their teams and get the best from their people.

All of our people have an appetite for being developed, and delivering learning means our people are with us for longer. They understand the Bray Leino culture thoroughly and organically grow, personally and professionally, with the Bray Leino group long-term.

On top of this, our staff train each other alongside their roles too, sharing information and skills they have developed or discovered. For example, if one member of the team attends a useful conference, they will pass all of the relevant information on to anyone who would benefit from it.

This natural frame of mind means that the learning culture is deep in the structure of our organisation. Our people are engaged and loyal to Bray Leino and we have a high staff retention rate, which is unusual for our industries. In fact, the cost of our learning and development programmes actually works out lower than our recruitment costs would be, did we not have the retention rates that we do.

Are your people hungry for knowledge? Do they want to further their skills to excel in their role? A good learning culture within an organisation is vitally important and can make all the difference to your people and the service they provide.

Contact us to discuss how we can help you create a learning plan for your organisation and how to target training specifically to your people.

Rachel Matthews

Rachel Matthews, Social Media and Marketing Manager

In my blogs I will look at industry constraints and issues and problems that employees face in their day-to-day work lives.

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