Success continues for Places for People Leisure's talent programme
Places for People Leisure’s elite talent programme continues to pay dividends for the Company as the latest group of managers are promoted after graduating from the scheme.
Rising Stars is an in-house management development programme designed for existing managers who want to progress to more senior positions such as General Managers, Contract Managers and Area Managers. Launched in 2012 the scheme was developed to grow the talent pool across the Company and to help with succession planning as the social enterprise expands.
To date, 54% of all Rising Star graduates have been promoted within the Company – 88% of 2013 graduates, 59% of 2014 graduates as well as 15% of 2015 graduates. Furthermore 91% of all Rising Stars graduates are still employed at Places for People Leisure.
“This latest wave of promotions reflects the high standards of our Rising Stars graduates. Professionalising the workforce is a key area of focus for the industry at the moment, and here at Places for People Leisure we can clearly demonstrate the value of that. By investing in development schemes like Rising Stars, we are able to grow and retain our talent, while empowering staff with the skills they need to progress. This not only benefits the individuals involved, but also helps us to run better centres and deliver an exceptional experience for our customers. It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” says Clare Hayler, Head of People at Places for People Leisure.
The annual programme is delivered over a six-month period during which time candidates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to further their career at Places for People Leisure; whether that be to complete their current role more successfully, take on additional responsibility or move onwards and upwards within the Company.
The Rising Stars complete a number of assignments to cement their learning. Each module takes place at an inspirational sporting venue with motivational speakers, national governing bodies and partners to inspire the Rising Stars with the range of career and developmental opportunities available throughout the industry. The scheme culminates in a ‘Dragons Den’ final module, where the Stars have to present a business case on a new initiative to a board of three ‘dragons’; who this year were Sandra Dodd (Chief Executive), Richard Millard (Partnership Director) and Tara Dillon (Chief Executive of CIMSPA).
Places for People Leisure also run a second talent development scheme; the Aspiring Internal Managers (AIM’s) programme. The programme was launched in partnership with Lifetime Training in 2014 to develop managers of the future. The programme includes modules on leadership, building an effective team, sales skills and customer service. In June 2015, 51 individuals graduated from the AIMs programme.
“Developing from within, retaining talent and keeping our employees engaged are key goals for us. We have designed these bespoke programmes to meet these goals and the proof of their success is the number of promotions already achieved and the fantastic retention rates among graduates,” says Clare Hayler.