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My first month
It’s hard to believe a month has passed since I joined the Entec Si family. It’s been a busy month but a fantastic introduction to the IT world of change and transformation. I am already loving working with our client in Oxfordshire (CDC & SNC), and even got to attend a programme board on day one!
They say it’s the little things that count. So I was genuinely overwhelmed by how welcome I was made to feel in my first week by everyone I met. I also love the way we’re all with clients over a wide geographical spread, but you wouldn’t think so by the way we use social media to share our good news, great client successes, and our fun side!
Team away day
I’ve also experienced my first away day which was a great day, fantastically organised by Tammy and Dev. It was a lot of fun, but also really inspiring to see the team come together to share and shape ideas. These ideas are built on our vision and aims for the future.
If that was all in one month, they really should have got Entec on board the Brexit bus. Who knows what we could’ve achieved!
Our Academy Practice
Career development is the process that forms a person’s work identity. It’s a significant part of personal development and spans the individual’s entire lifetime, beginning when they start their employment journey.
At Entec Si we’re passionate about career development and investing in our own people. This also helps with succession planning and talent management. To help progress this we have developed the Academy Practice which is led by our very own Julie Smith.
Welcome to the Academy Practice
The Academy Practice will support individuals on their journey through continual review and coaching. Alongside these reviews we will use assessment tools to recognise strengths and areas for development.
Using the classic T-Model for development, we believe that individuals will widen their range of proficiencies, adding a specialism to their skillset. These are in either project support/coordination, project/programme management, business/data analysis or consultancy.
Our core values
By developing our core values, key behaviours, soft skills, core/business knowledge and business skills, our colleagues will become more rounded. Similarly this will allow for more flexibility within the company.
We’ve recognised through continual career development that quite often career paths change. As a result this model will provide flexibility, so that individuals get the support they need to make these changes.
Training and development
Training and development also provides benefits in a number of areas:
- Job satisfaction and morale
- Employee motivation
- Efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain
- Capacity to adopt new technologies and methods
- Innovation in strategies and products
My role as practice lead
When I was asked to develop the Academy Practice, I didn’t have to think twice. Passionate about people and their development, this was a match made in heaven for me.
I see my role as helping to fundamentally assist in our success. In addition to coaching and developing our people, I’m also helping to establish our needs as a company. When continuous learning is supported employees feel valued, helping boost their engagement and retention.
2019: Our year of growth
Consolidation was the key word for us in 2018. We built on existing relationships with clients and launched our ‘Academy’ to facilitate staff development. However, after another great year, it’s time to start looking to the next.
What to expect from 2019
So, what’s the word for 2019? For us, it’s growth and by this, we don’t just mean in one area. This includes our internal team as well as our client base.
Our Academy is a great starting place for this. We’re also super excited about our apprenticeship programme, which launches this year. With this in place we hope to drive development through all levels of the company, building on our core values and giving everyone a chance to learn.
2019 sees us invest in our senior team and business practices. Supporting systems and processes and a more strategic recruitment drive will create the basis for sustained growth in the next few years.
By investing in these elements, it will enable us to grow from within. This growth will be the key to our future capability and professional services delivery.
Delivery across industries
When it comes to our clients, the only way is up. We will actively expand our client base across established sectors of local government, airports, and not-for-profit. We also see potential growth in the transport, legal, and health sectors.
The Entec Si way
We are entering the new year with a positive outlook and a very capable delivery team. Our strong blended team approach, consistent client commitment and caring culture will underpin a year of expansion and individual staff development.
Engaging with stakeholders
Meet the stakeholders
Stakeholders play a crucial role within a programme or project and have a vested interest in its success. Therefore it’s essential that programme and project managers build positive relationships with them to ensure a well delivered series of outputs. This is done through good communication, collaboration and an enthusiastic approach to delivery.
Three of the senior stakeholders that we work closely with are Glenn Hammons and Michelle Drewery of East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) and Karen Denton of the Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW). As senior stakeholders of a shared IT service, they’re all committed to the successful delivery of a programme of change.
As with any large-scale change, IT transformation will impact a number of key areas. These include workflow, business rules, what gets automated and perhaps most importantly, corporate culture. Subsequently, by maintaining strong relationships with senior stakeholders we ensure that all key messages are shared collaboratively.
This relationship is created and maintained through a series of weekly calls and meetings. As a result we’re able to sustain a solid understanding of our clients’ needs. By producing detailed plans we understand how and when we should engage. These also play an important role in continuing communications with stakeholders.
Searching for stars: our first recruitment event
Earlier this month we were joined by budding business change professionals from across the UK for a first-of-its-kind recruitment networking event. The evening provided attendees with a great introduction to our business. Equally it enabled us to meet some fantastic new talent!
A warm welcome
On arrival, attendees networked with other candidates and members of our team over nibbles. At this point they were treated to a series of videos showcasing some of our greatest client achievements.
It was then over to our directors Eman Al-Hillawi and Peter Marsden for a presentation about the company. They talked about how we were formed, what sets us apart from the crowd and our exciting plans for future growth. Following the presentation, the mic was passed over to attendees, who were given the opportunity to quiz our team.
Getting to know us
We’re proud to break the mould. Here are the top 5 things that make us different from a traditional consultancy:
- We’ve made our mark on the Birmingham skyline – Looking out across Birmingham, you’ll see several iconic landmarks where we’ve delivered successful projects – from Birmingham Airport to the city’s impressive library.
- We’re dedicated to developing our team – Our recently-launched Entec Si Academy has been designed to help new talent achieve personal career and development goals.
- We’re a great bunch of people! – We pride ourselves on being a tight-knit and supportive team. Without doubt our quarterly away days are one of the highlights of our year! We really care about our people and what we do for our clients.
- Working across a huge range of areas – From programme and project management through to strategy and business planning for a number of industries who are putting business change at the top of their agenda. We’re also lucky enough to find our work genuinely interesting, rewarding and almost always good fun.
- Sometimes we do chocolate runs! – We’re committed to giving back to local communities and organisations. We even recently completed a charity chocolate run!
We hope that attendees found the evening to be as insightful and enjoyable as we did. It goes without saying that we look forward to getting to know many more brilliant business change stars at our future events!
The sweetest hello!
My introduction to Entec Si has been a cheery whirlwind of activity during my first three days!
There already seems to be a strong theme amongst the people I have met so far with: chocolate, biscuits, cake and sugar in general – what’s not to like? Hence it is only right and proper that I keep the confectionary theme going…
Alpha Works, Birmingham, entailed the most organised and detailed induction of my 20+ year career history. This was combined with what I now know is the infamous ‘Dave Fisher pastry collection’. The whole experience was out of this Milkyway, Galaxy and indeed Mars!
Meeting (or hobnobbing with) the awesome Birmingham Airport team. I got to say a temporary goodbye to Vicky on her last day before commencement of her maternity leave.
Meg’s energetic introduction to the Entec Si behaviours and values combined with a brief Time Out to peruse her Bounty of biscuits.
Looking forward to meeting the rest of the team in the very near future when they return from their Turkish Delight holidays (sorry I’m clutching at Sherbert Straws now!), with many happy days to come.
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