Communications Manager Sara Champness describes the Graduate Presentation Day which took place earlier this year.
On Wednesday 16th June 2016, our 2015 graduate recruits gathered at Bouygues UK’s Becket House Head Office to present their findings on strategic industry issues to the company’s Senior Leadership Team.
The event is an important day in the first year of our graduates’ calendar; an opportunity for them to give us their views on five key issues that the business has identified as important. Its aim is to encourage graduates to identify ideas and possible solutions that can be implemented within the business. It’s also a great chance for the group to meet directly with the company’s Senior Management who can provide further insights into the company’s wider corporate objectives.
The Bouygues UK Graduate Programme is a two year scheme aimed at transitioning graduates from academic life to a corporate environment using a mix of training, group discussions and on-the-job experience and rotations.
The programme kicks off in September every year with a residential launch event, a carefully designed mix of insights into corporate life at Bouygues UK, formal and informal networking events with key speakers and senior management, and challenging but enjoyable team-building events to get everyone working together and utilising their personal and professional skills to maximum effect. The launch event is supported with tailored training and development throughout the two year period, as well as specific projects to cultivate their leadership and commercial skills.
Speaking of the 2015 graduates’ presentations in June, Chairman of Bouygues UK Fabienne Viala says:
“I was really impressed by the content of the presentations and the candid and engaging style in which they were delivered. It’s given the business some refreshing feedback on a range of challenging issues being faced by the industry today.”
“Our graduate recruits are essential for the future of the business and the industry. The Presentation Day is a great opportunity for us to talk to them in detail about their experiences and views and to understand how the industry looks from a fresh perspective; invaluable food for thought.”
Miru Uthayarajan, Bouygues UK graduate engineer on Greenwich Millennium Village, says of her experience:
“It was very encouraging that so many of the company’s Senior Leadership Team attended and that they were responsive to what we were saying. It was great to discuss key issues with them and the questions they asked gave us a better understanding of some of the more complex challenges within the industry.
“The training we received during the first year and support from our project sponsor made a big difference in preparing us for the day and it’s been a valuable learning experience throughout the process.”