Duration: Up to 6 months
The important thing to note about this stage is that you’ve now set a strong foundation, clear expectations and there is support in place.
Skill development includes innovation and problem solving, personality profiling, negotiation skills, Lean & Sigma toolkit, sustainability, Finance Fundamentals, preparing engineering specs, technical presentations, and design principles.
The key themes of Foundational Skills and Commercial Awareness are designed to help a new graduate:
- Build the kind of solid skillset that fills the gaps left by Universities, namely on the ‘soft skills’ side, and commercial.
- Discover DiSC, and its power to improve relationships, teamwork, stakeholder engagement, and increase self-awareness.
- Develop a greater awareness of their impact on the business, the lifetime value of a customer and matching new product development with a tangible, proven need: APM PFQ certification in Project Management and commercial skills.
In Working with Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Daniel Goleman says: “Success takes more than intellectual excellence or technical prowess… We need another sort of skill in the increasingly turbulent job market of the future - internal qualities such as resilience, initiative, optimism, and adaptability…”
Stage 2 delivers critical capabilities which, when combined with strong communication skills, can make all the difference to engineers working in teams, on projects, and when learning to work with a wide range of stakeholders. When soft skills don’t come naturally or haven’t been taught, developing them can be challenging. Because a lack of soft or core skills can often hold young people back, we recommend topics such as developing empathy, influence, creativity, and conflict management, at this stage.
Your graduates will also, in addition to a rounded programme of ‘soft-skill development’, have the opportunity to gain solid qualifications to add to their portfolio, enhance their overall effectiveness and contribution to the business, and build greater technical competence.