At Balfour Beatty, high-quality career development makes sense both for our business and for our people.
If we are to realise our ambitious plans for growth, we need to invest in the talent and potential of our people. And if we are to retain talented people in the Group, we have to show that we are committed to their development by offering a broad range of opportunities and careers.
The scale and international reach of our business, combined with our plans for growth, means that we are uniquely placed to deliver high-quality career development.
It's our commitment to realising our people's potential across the company that helps to make a career with Balfour Beatty stand out.
Our business strategy drives our need to develop our people faster and more broadly than the competition. To retain key skills in the business, we must translate our investment in development into attractive and accessible career paths for our people.
The addition of Parsons Brinckerhoff to our company in 2009, for example, is helping us to achieve this by providing genuine global reach to the Group (through a network of 80 offices worldwide) and adding Professional Services to the career and development opportunities we offer.
Career development in practice
The breadth and scale of our business means that there are strong opportunities for progression for all our people in a wide range of disciplines.
To make these opportunities available across the Group, we operate a systematic framework of Performance and Development Reviews. These ensure that everyone has regular and ongoing feedback and discussions with leaders about their performance, development and future career.
As a Group, we are committed to making opportunities for advancement in the organisation visible to all, and to seeing that a fair and accessible process is in place to support internal candidates.
A wealth of formal and informal learning opportunities (including 'on the job' learning, professional and technical qualifications and management training) and a wide range of developmental experiences 'on the job', mean there are chances for everyone to fulfil their potential in the Group.
We canvass feedback from our people on these opportunities on an ongoing basis and monitor how effectively (and quickly) we are promoting career progression in the business. We are pro-active in ensuring that our commitment to development is reflected across the organisation in a way that allows individuals at all levels to advance at a speed and in a way most suited to their circumstances.
Across the Group, the following provisions are in place to support career development:
- A clear Performance and Development Review process that promotes regular discussions on performance and development in the context of career aspirations. It provides people with an opportunity for ongoing feedback on how they can improve their performance, their development needs and opportunities for learning and career progression.
- A market-competitive suite of technical, professional and management training (including day release programmes, apprenticeships, graduate development, management and leadership development, executive education programmes and coaching).
- A market-leading range of development experiences and 'on the job' learning in the business, across disciplines and sectors, both in the UK and overseas.
- A cross-Group portal to ensure that all vacancies and opportunities for advancement are visible and accessible to all our people.