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