WGE’s Talent Development Program (TDP) was conceived by CEO José Granado five years ago. The program was introduced in response to strong growth across the organisation, to enable progress to be measured and star performers to be identified early on.
While mentoring and coaching was already happening across the organisation informally, Jose wanted to put a more formal framework in place. And so, the TDP was born.
Six months after commencing with WGE, graduate engineers are invited to select a mentor of their choice. The mentor relationship lasts two years; beginning with a personal development plan that sets out the goals and strategies to help mentees develop technical and professional competencies.
The TDP fast tracks engineers to apply for National Engineering Register (NER) status – a Government-backed mark of quality and competency – and is the first step to becoming a Senior Engineer with WGE.
The program also brings graduate engineers together for training and social networking events. These opportunities enable cross-discipline interaction and the chance to share their experiences and successes.
Vivienne Edwards is a Civil Project Engineer and Principal in WGE’s Perth office. She has been involved in the TDP for the last three years, and in 2017 was matched with Graduate Civil Engineer, Jayden Catto.
Vivienne says the program allows her to understand the issues affecting engineers at the early stages of their careers.
“Young employees are the future of our company and will be instrumental in driving innovation so I think it’s really important they get the guidance and support they need to succeed,” she said.
Jayden said from day one there is a lot to learn as a graduate engineer and, while that could feel daunting, the TDP is beneficial in helping to focus.
“Working through the TDP process with Vivienne has provided me with a set of goals to help guide my personal development, maximise project experience and assist in realising my career path with WGE,” he said.
Paul Moore, Structural Section Manager and Principal at WGE, has been a mentee since the program’s inauguration and says it’s important for senior staff to pass on their experience and knowledge for the industry as a whole to prosper.
“The TDP is a valuable means of structuring the development of young engineers and we look at each individual and match them up with the projects and opportunities that will help them gain a range of experience,” he said.