Abigroup on front foot with skills shortage

Despite the broader global economic downturn, Abigroup said today it is in the process of implementing training programs because it needs skilled professionals to work on its projects now.Additionally, the Bilfinger Berger subsidiary said it was working to further strengthen and develop its workforce and has identified leadership potential within its organisation that it wants to fast-track.Specifically, its Management Development Program (MDP) will develop the skills of potential managers, while the Leadership Development Program (LDP) prepares existing managers for more senior roles. The programs are run by coaching and development specialists. Abigroup said the programs would enhance employees’ management and leadership styles and support their leadership journeys through a combination of formal learning and practical applications. Recently the MDP and LDP programs were launched for staff from across the building, civil engineering and corporate divisions who had been identified as having a high level of technical expertise but required training in management. “These programs allow Abigroup to contextualise training to suit the requirements and needs of our business,” said northern region general manager John Kirkwood. He said the programs would play a valuable role in ensuring Abigroup has “the right people in the right places for the future of our business”.At the end of the six to nine-month courses, Abigroup said participants would be able to immediately draw upon what they had learnt and apply the learnings when back in the workplace.

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