Supporting Yorkshire Building Society to keep developing their people during Covid-19

Posted by: Jennifer Bramley Post Date: 7th May 2020

COVID-19 has caused significant difficulties for many organisations across the country. With the UK in Lockdown, businesses of all sizes are struggling to keep critical Organisational and Staff Development moving forward.

During this very challenging time, Yorkshire Building Society continues to develop their people and invest for tomorrow with the help of Babington. We are delighted to be working with YBS in order to deliver a contextualised Project Management Apprenticeship programme, that fits the company’s development needs during Lockdown. 

When YBS started to look at developing Project Management skills within the business, they wanted to work with a training provider that would not only understand their organisation but be able to embed the business values into the learning content. Babington was recommended to them by two other independent training providers, based on our programme quality and expertise within the subject area. 

We have worked closely with YBS to ensure that the delivery specialists and content provided by Babington enables their apprentices to enhance their skills significantly. The enhancement of project skills will further develop those participants and prepare them further for their working role after the pandemic.

As we can not utilise our classroom-based sessions in the current climate, we have developed our training programmes to be fully delivered through our remote learning platform, Babington Online, which is supported by specialist trainers. This digital learning platform enables learners like the YBS apprentices to be able to develop practical skills that are linked to their specific job roles, without breaking Government guidelines on social distancing. 

At YBS we’re passionate about helping our people fulfil their potential, so they can help us provide the best service to our members and colleagues. It’s important that we don’t lose the momentum on colleague development, even during challenging times, and with Babington’s excellent online platform to support the students we’re able to keep supporting our colleagues to develop their skills.

– Amy Thirtle, Resourcing Projects Lead at YBS commented.

As one of the new YBS students, Lauren Neno noted  – “I didn’t go to university as I thought it would be better to get experience in the workplace, but when the opportunity to join the Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship came up it seemed like the perfect combination of learning and progressing in my career. I am looking forward to learning the different methods and theory behind project management and putting them into practice in my role. Also, can’t wait to wear a cap and gown at the end!

Our Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship will have a large impact on Yorkshire Building Society and its people. Because of our partnership, YBS will be able to put new project management skills in place that enable a better capability across a wide range of job roles within the business. Although many of the YBS learners on this programme are not Project Managers, the skills and knowledge that they will learn will allow them to be fully immersed in how to accurately run the projects that coincide with their job roles. 

Matthew Elson – Head of Client Engagement from Babington commented “YBS have shown from our initial conversation that they wanted to ensure their people have an excellent learning experience even during this challenging time. It’s a pleasure to work with a company that puts so much into talent development.

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