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Project Excellence

Halcrow has introduced a development programme called Project Excellence that enhances skills and training for potential and existing project managers and directors. The programme is based on competencies, but relies a lot on mentoring rather than formal training.

Mentors help staff identify their competencies, and also what skills are missing. They then help that person attain those skills - for example relationships with clients, knowledge management and financial management.

'It's about identifying people who are using best practice and then disseminating that, ' explains James Colcombe, a principal engineer who helped set up Project Excellence.

The scheme involves 450 people working with 110 mentors, and numbers are growing.

This year Halcrow is introducing a parallel programme, People Excellence, providing training and mentoring for potential and existing line managers in all aspects of people management

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