Refilling the pool
As Norse continues its impressive growth, the Graduate Management Trainee programme is playing a key role in developing the next generation of leaders.
By 2013, the speed of Norse’s expansion had led to a depletion in the internal pool of potential talent for managerial roles. The solution adopted was to embark upon a company-wide Graduate Management Trainee programme.
Initially the approach was more tactical than strategic, as Human Resources Director Tricia Fuller explains. “With one exception, where we knew we were going to have a defined job vacancy in four or five years’ time, we did not have specific end roles in view, rather we wanted to replenish the talent pool.”
“We wanted graduates who were keen to develop general managerial skills, who were interested in the bigger management picture and who could see that opportunity within Norse” she says.
Four years on and Norse currently has 17 graduates on its programme, in roles throughout the company and across its 15 joint ventures around the country.
Through the recent planned expansion of the programme, 2017 has already seen seven new graduates join Norse.
At the company’s subsidiary in Havant, Norse South East, Rupal Thakrar was appointed Business Development Manager, and Ricky Abbs has joined the operations team.
Earlier in the year, the Grounds and landscaping division was strengthened with Lewis Allen taking on the role of Graduate Trainee (Projects); Oliver Tozer is now a Graduate Building Surveyor at joint venture partnerships Waveney Norse and Suffolk Coastal Norse; whilst the Norwich head office has seen Aamir Younus (Graduate Commercial Analyst), Rowan Stringer (Bid Writer) and George Wadsley (Graduate Business & Systems Analyst) become the latest graduates to join the company.
With three of the graduates now having secured specific managerial roles, and the others progressing through various placements, the programme is proving highly successful, as Managing Director Dean Wetteland is keen to recognise; “We are steadily building our next generation of operational, support and administration managers. The Graduate Management Trainee Programme enables us to take raw talent, and to develop the individual’s abilities and skills over a period of time with a view to the future managerial, and potentially even board-level, needs of the company.”
“As a strong and growing company,” Dean Wetteland says, “Norse is an attractive career prospect for the sort of young and ambitions graduates we need for our long-term sustainability.”