News – 22 July 2021
It’s now six months since we launched our learning Centre of Excellence, the K2 Academy.
In that short period of time, we have implemented our first ever bespoke leadership development programme and introduced a robust mentoring scheme. We’ve also reformed our colleague appraisals – referred to now as ‘Check-ins’ – which champion personal and professional development.
Two colleagues have even enrolled on a Graduate Employment Mentoring (GEM) programme, for housing professionals, as part of the academy.
These courses bring new opportunities to Grand Union colleagues, to guide, nurture and support them throughout their careers.
Helen Presland, Learning & Development Manager at Grand Union, said: “My vision to invest in the development of our colleagues, enabling them to learn, develop and thrive within their roles at Grand Union.
“What we have achieved over the last six months is phenomenal! What started out as a blank sheet of paper two years ago, is now a fully operational, business enabling, proactive development offer for all colleagues. I feel so privileged and proud to be able to design and implement K2 Academy for Grand Union.”
The K2 Academy has robust and ambitious plans over the coming months. These include launching a new Learning Management System and implementing equality, diversity and inclusion training for all colleagues.
Helen added: “The K2 Academy inspires our colleagues to reach their full potential by taking personal responsibility for their learning and professional development. We want to nurture people so they thrive in their current roles and prepare them for the future world of work and technology.
“This is just the beginning of our journey; I am excited to see where the future takes us.”