Price Waterhouse Coopers were running a two-week induction programme for new staff, averaging around thirty-five people monthly. The first week was for orientation, with internal speakers describing their areas of interest. In the second week participants had to master the basic skills of consultancy, defined as assignment interviewing, writing, and presentation. The requirement was to teach these skills in an exciting, individual way.
We devised an integrated week of learning, called Communicating For Results. This included:
The challenge was to provide a high-quality learning experience for the considerable numbers involved, catering for varying levels of experience amongst participants whilst tailoring workshops to be relevant to PWC. We always had between two and six workshops running simultaneously, requiring considerable attention to planning, logistics and quality.
By the end of the two weeks, participants had developed in all the key areas of communication, and were prepared to start their jobs by contributing to the success of the business. This programme ran for several years. Combined with our other development work for the company, this has meant that we have contributed to the development of at least two thousand people in the early stages of their career at PWC.