Mott MacDonald won the Training and Development Award at the inaugural UK Rail Industry Awards.
Mott MacDonald’s railways team devised a graduate rotation programme designed to create a ‘talent pipeline’ of professionally qualified consultants who can work well in a multifunctional environment.
Railways needed to develop graduates with technical competence in their specialist area and a wider experience and appreciation of other aspects of Mott MacDonald’s business.
The graduate rotation programme was developed to provide railways’ graduates with experience in:
- System level design, including simulation and modelling
- Functional specialism
- Multifunctional project work
- Site work and project implementation
- Planning and programming
- Preparation of bids and proposals
- Financial and commercial fundamentals
- Another section or overseas
Success criteria for the programme include:
- Reducing the average time to chartership from 6-7 years to 4 years
- Strengthening links between graduates and mentors
- Reducing voluntary staff turnover
- Maintaining logs of evidence of experience
Regular monitoring of the programme has shown that these goals are being achieved.