Taking the next step in your career with Novus

  02 JUNE, 2017
Taking the next step in your career with Novus

At Novus, we want to help all our staff reach their full potential: that’s why we’ve launched our new leadership development framework. 

We pride ourselves on offering a fully inclusive approach to training, providing support to colleagues as they progress in their careers as well as ongoing operational training. The new leadership development framework will form a key part of our training scheme and our continued commitment to staff development.

The framework, which provides both stand-alone programmes and supported development, is designed to create a clear path for progression as well as equipping current and future business leaders with the knowledge and skills they require. Our development programmes are designed to assist leaders in adopting a leadership style aligned to our core business values.

Providing essential development for those who operate in a management or leadership role, the framework offers a programme of development activity to help all staff progress and be the best they can be. There are three core course programmes to follow and each is tailored to meet the individual needs of staff at every level of the business.

First in the framework is the ‘Stepping Up’ programme, which is essentially about ‘stepping up’ to the challenge and becoming an effective manager. This programme provides structured management development for those who supervise or manage small teams. The ‘Stepping In’ programme focuses on the transition from managers to leaders, offering the tools and strategies for practical application while the ‘Stepping Beyond’ course is aimed at senior leaders or those who have been through the ‘Stepping In’ programme and who have demonstrated potential to progress to a more senior level role.

We’ve recently recruited an additional member of the HR and training team, who is dedicated to writing and delivering the ‘Stepping Up’ programme to make sure we reach as many employees as possible.

Each Stepping In course programme consists of six core modules which will be delivered every six weeks with additional coaching sessions in between. The tailored approach means there’s a learning style to suit everyone, whether that’s formal classroom based learning, open learning or workshops as well as the opportunity to be involved in business improvement projects.

Our chairman Stuart Seddon commented: “Our success as a business relies on the strength of our staff. Training and development is something we’re very passionate about – whether that’s looking after our apprentices or training up future leaders - so we’re looking forward to seeing our colleagues progress on this new framework.

“There are 14 members of staff currently working towards the new leadership development framework, with courses already underway. We’re aiming to deliver two more Stepping In programmes in 2018 with at least 14 members of staff on each programme and we’re looking longer term at how we can get the courses accredited to further benefit our staff.”

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