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I recall writing a piece for the first Graduate Programme, Quarterly Newsletter back in June 2020 which referenced the extraordinary response of individuals and businesses to the COVID pandemic and the impact, and influence, that it had on our work, ways of working and organisational and operational designs.
I spoke about how, prior to the outbreak, ‘many firms had previously encouraged home working as part of their employment brand – something that makes them more attractive to many potential hires.’ Notwithstanding that, at the same time, for some Financial Services firms the requirement to have colleagues in the office between x and y o’clock was still the accepted norm.
Back then we weren’t clear as to what the future of work would look like but opined that switched on employers would extend their pro-activity in ‘putting the welfare and protection of their colleagues at the forefront of their thinking and planning’ and that for the delegates on the scheme, Covid-19 will undoubtedly be looked back on as a pivotal event that changed the way in which work, works.
Hybrid working, (a mix of days in the office alongside working from home) is increasingly the norm, with colleagues and teammates responding to the change in circumstances positively, constructively and effectively.
Firms still functioned, loans and invoices got completed, paid and collected, code was written, training was delivered and for the cohorts of Graduates on the programme the world of work is largely different to the way we worked prior to March 2020.
The contribution that delegates from the 3 programmes (Welsh Financial Services Graduate Programme and Data Sciences & Artificial Intelligence Fast Track PGDip) make to their respective organisations and rotations, continues to be a win/win outcome. Graduates get to develop their understanding of the world of work in a supportive, collaborative framework, developing skills that employers value.
For the businesses within the consortium, we get smart, inquisitive, keen and very able graduates to come in add to our activities designed to continually improve. To make our businesses better.
It’s been a journey!
Changes to our funding model, post Brexit require us to reshape how we do, what we do, but we continue to face outwards with appreciation and confidence.
For everyone that has played a part, or been a part of that journey ‘thank you!’