We value the talents, skills and capabilities that our global workforce of around 550 people bring to our business. We expect that everyone in the Group has high integrity, “tells it as it is” and sets and expects high standards.
We recognise that we all work in a fast moving and ever changing world. We embrace challenges and opportunities. We look for our teams to have the determination and drive to see through on our commitments to customers.
We encourage our employees to develop new products and to create innovative ways of providing a better service to our customers.
We aim to be a great place to work, where employees are encouraged to perform and develop to their full potential. We are committed to providing a healthy, safe and energising workplace, in which diversity is valued and individual success depends solely on personal merit and performance.
We are delighted to support our employees’ work in the community through charities such as Carlisle Youth Zone, Eden Valley Hospice, Motor Neurone Disease Charity, together with Hope House and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospices.
The most critical part of Arran Isle’s business strategy is successfully linking the overall business plans to those on people development. One of our fundamental values is Expertise and that is created by teams that are well led, strong, competent and market focused. To turn these plans into action, the Group started its first Leadership Development Group programme at the beginning of 2015.
The overall objectives for these programme are:
- To build up the capabilities of functional managers so they can perform better in their current roles
- Prepare these managers for larger roles in the future
- Develop our own capability to develop our people, rather than relying solely on 3rd Party providers
We also realised that by growing our own talent we would also:
- Create powerful agents of change
- Instil ‘how we do things around here’ across the businesses
- Promote our values and organisational principles
- Potentially have an important 2-way communication channel to the businesses themselves
The programme is sponsored by Martin Wardhaugh, the Group Chief Executive. The first two-year programme, comprising 8 managers, ended in December 2016. The programme consisted of a range of activities aimed at personal development and growth, networking, leadership skills and contemporary business thinking. Content was delivered partly by senior managers in the Group, together with specialist external providers who contributed in specific areas of personal development and contemporary thinking.
This was followed by a 10 strong cadre that completed the program at the end of 2018. Currently a third group of 12 first line supervisors are part way through the third program. The programme consisted of a range of activities aimed at personal development and growth, networking, leadership and management & change management skills. Content is delivered partly by senior managers in the Group, together with specialist external providers who contributed in specific areas.
Here’s a link to a video produced by the first cohort and the end of their program: