Your development

We’ll provide the support and encouragement you need to succeed.

Remember, a Professional Qualification opens up a world of possibilities. It requires lots of hard work and dedication on your part. But invest the time and effort now, and the extra knowledge, self-confidence and personal credibility you’ll gain once you’ve completed your training will pay huge long-term dividends.

Our training programmes are underpinned by a learning environment that broadens and deepens your knowledge, and stresses the relative importance of learning from doing, learning from others and formal training. That means you’ll learn most from an outstanding variety of work, picking up the business, personal and technical skills you need to do well. 

If you’re on the path to a professional qualification, we’re with you all the way. We’ll financially support you through your exams and help you prepare fully with study and exam leave. Plus you’ll enjoy widespread support along the way – from expert tutors and a dedicated Professional Qualifications Team, as well as your People Manager and peers. Longer term, you may have the opportunity to try new things too. 

You might work in different teams and offices; sample different clients and projects; try out new roles and even other business areas. It will all help you progress in line with your personal goals as well as our ever-changing business needs.

Training you'll receive

In your first two to three years you’ll focus on getting a good balance of business, personal and technical skills. For many, working towards a professional qualification will be part of your technical skills training. Your first exam attempt will be fully funded by us. You may experience different methods of learning, as we appreciate that people like to learn using different techniques, and benefit from the flexibility this brings. Methods range from classroom courses, e-learning and remote study supported by online learning tools, all are designed to help you build the skills and knowledge you need to pass your exams on your first attempt. It’s worth knowing, we have excellent pass rates, usually well above the Professional bodies pass rates. We understand working towards a professional qualification is a significant commitment and requires self-discipline and motivation. This is why we make sure you’ll have access to a dedicated Professional Qualifications Team, and have access to a strong support network which will include - external tutors, your people manager, buddies and your peers. All of them will be familiar with what you’re going through, as they’ve experienced it as well.

 

What we'll expect from you

You’ll need to manage your time effectively when you start. This is vital in helping you make sure you get the best from your technical, business and personal effectiveness, skills training. You’ll constantly be learning. During your induction especially, there’s a lot of information you’ll need to take in - meeting new people, getting to know our business, and our culture – are all just the start. For those of you taking a professional qualification, this can be demanding, so make sure you think about the points listed below:

  • Dedicating your time to work and study - avoid taking holidays or days off when you first join to allow yourself time to settle in, make friends and start your studies
  • During studies - your tutors will monitor your progress and offer suggestions to help you improve. Your people manager and the Professional Qualifications Team will be made aware of your progress so that they can assist with providing what help and support you may need.
  • Putting in the study time - compared to university, it's a different ball game. You’ll need to do consolidation and revision outside normal course hours. Make sure you find the most productive places to revise - whether that's at home, in the office or in the library and/or on your own or with peers. Whatever works for you!
  • Concessions - we have a Concessions Manager who’ll help you with any educational or disability needs. This could mean you’re eligible for appropriate adjustments to your training. This will all help to make sure you have the best opportunity of passing your exams first time. But most of all, it’s so you know you’ll have access to extra support if you need it. Make sure you contact them if you need help and guidance.

 

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