Our GIC (Graduate Innovation Challenge is now about to embark on another year of projects that will help our next generation develop an innovative mindset, but also prove to be a real value-add to the business.
The GIC (Graduate Innovation Challenge) has been running for over five years and is a compulsory element of the second year of our graduate scheme. The 2021 scheme saw hugely innovative ideas and passionate graduates. 2022 saw a more business-driven approach, utilising the new Agile framework for the projects.
This year, the GIC is focusing on a balance between the two, aiming for projects that add real value to the business as well as giving the graduates the opportunity to develop an innovative mindset. We will be launching the new scheme on 1 December, with Thomas Mueller and Aram Kradjian as guests.
The initial stage of the scheme (known as the “launch process”), includes ideation, background research and identification of customers and stakeholders of potential projects followed by selection of projects and allocations of teams.
The project delivery process will kick off at the start of January 2023 and will run through to the Showcase on 23 May 2023 where graduates will run stalls and present to the business their brilliant innovations. A selected three teams will then be invited to present at the Finale on 27 May 2023, with team members from across the business being able to attend.
This scheme aims to achieve several benefits for the company including implementation of innovative ideas, tangible solutions to business problems and opportunities, and the potential development of intellectual property.
With brilliant insight from many around the business, we have identified six key innovation groups that we will be focusing projects around this year: Computing Power & Data, Sustainability & Future Fuels, Modern Luxury, Supply Chains, Future Customer & Ownership and Future of Work at JLR. We're also looking at how these fit into our recently communicated Technical Ambitions, which we'll share more with the graduate population soon. We will have one additional “bucket” for process improvement around the business.
We will also be giving our graduates the tools they need for project delivery, including Scrum Master and Product Owner training for the implementation of Agile. With one dedicated day per week for project delivery, this will be a fairly unique implementation of Agile and we’re excited to see what the graduates come up with as a framework.
How you can play your part
Without the generous support of individuals and teams from around the business, we wouldn’t be able to run this innovation initiative successfully. We would therefore like to request your support in helping us to deliver the GIC and help our Graduates achieve their full potential.
They may reach out to teams to seek guidance on their project scope. We ask that:
- You provide guidance to help them identify a project niche that feeds into an existing workstream or team and identify any stakeholders for the proposed project.
- If you feel your team is a customer, help them identify a potential mentor that could support the project through delivery. Commitment for this should be around 1 hour per week to support and guide the team.
- If you feel your team cannot offer the relevant support, but you feel there is another contact or team who can, point the graduates in the right direction to help them find appropriate support.
Keep an eye out for updates on the Graduate Innovation Challenge as we approach launch day and please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions!
We have a dedicated organising team led by Jo Heymann (jheyman1). This is made up of our Process Leads, Jonathon Saad (jsaad1) and Shaylin Patel (spatel63), our Comms Leads, Christina Vale (cvale1) and Toby Rankin (trankin), and our Events Lead, Dan Butlin (dbutlin3).
For more information, please check out our new website, hosted on the central Early Careers Hub page: Graduate Innovation Challenge (GIC) (sharepoint.com). To view last year’s website, with some additional info on previous projects, follow this link: Graduate Innovation Challenge - Home (sharepoint.com).