It’s been a while in the making but in glorious summer sunshine last week, 22 Group Leaders from across our plant graduated from the Group Leader Academy with flying colours. The course has been a journey of discovery for the majority of our GL’s.
The Group Leader Academy at Solihull, first opened its doors at the end of 2018. Complete with its own Escape Room, the course and facilities have been developed with the aim of equipping our GL’s with all the skills, knowledge and tools to help them do their jobs to the best of their abilities.
Since taking part in the two-week training course, which saw both classroom learning, practical exercises and site tours, GL’s have been putting their learning into practise, completing a portfolio of coursework. All the GL’s pictured have had their coursework marked and have graduated with flying colours.
To celebrate in style, a graduation ceremony was held at the Learning and Development Academy. After a congratulatory speech by Solihull Operations Director, Dave Owen, each graduate was presented with a certificate before being served lunch by Solihull’s Senior Management team.
Kelly Kellyman, a Group Leader from Zone 7 in FA1 was one of the first graduates to get her hands on her certificate. She explained: “The course was brilliant. We learnt first hand everything we need to know for our jobs. It’s been fun but challenging, implementing what we’ve learnt back with our teams. I would really recommend have a go at the course if you get a chance and go at it with an open mind. It’s not just a typical class room training course, you’ll have lots of fun. The IPS team have been superstars in delivering the content and being coaches to all the GL’s coming through the doors of the Solihull Training Academy.”
Faye Wilson, IPS Manager commented: “Looking at the smiles today as the GL’s collected their certificates has been really rewarding for the IPS team. It’s a great result following the hard work and determination the GL’s have applied throughout and post their training. Congratulations!"
Over the next two and a half years, every GL at Solihull will undertake the Group Leader Academy course. If want to learn more about the course or how to get involved, please email IPSSOL@jaguarlandrover.com