2nd Graduation – Growing Talent 26.11.15

At 12noon I arrived at the venue in More London for the ceremony.  Known for always beeing really early, you might think it a bit excessive as proceedings weren’t due to kick off until 4pm!  However,  I’m always early to catch a flight due to ‘what ifs’, so this would be no different.

 

Preparation prevents poor performance, and I was not going to have anything go wrong if I could help it!  First hurdle – one of the lights in the room was out and the technicians had to sort it out.  Then I was confronted with a three screen facilities – only ever used one!  Yikes.  I pushed every button before conceeding defeat and calling the av team.  A very helpful Nick came down installed the right lead – hiding under the stage!, flicked a switch on the wall panel and the presentation magically appeared on all three screens – as you can see!

 

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The trophies arrived – with one broken – luckily for the one person who couldn’t attend!!!!

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Marble plinth with heavy colour glass logo – these are heavy!

 

By the time the set-up was complete some of the Growing Talent Associates had started arriving!

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Of course Reese – now working at MHFAEngland and Mali at Invest In Buy To Let got straight into catch-up mode!  Well, it has been a few months since they were on the programme.

 

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Nigel – MD of Harrow Green and Sharon – Executive Assistant came to support all their guys – Jason, Michael Daoud, Joshua, Maxine, Selwyn, Matt, Joshua, Jose, Shanika, Ernst, Kearon, Leighon, and Will now working in a mixture of software assistant, HR, customer service and operations!

Jon Barnes, Head of Building & Technical Services for PwC, opened proceedings.  Without Jon’s support there would be no Growing Talent!

 

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Nervously waiting to share a snippet of their experience was Chris from Growing Talent 2 – who since completing has trainined as a MHFA Instructor and now co-delivers this workshop along with creative writing, communication in the workplace and a poetry workshop he has devised.

Jane in the centre from Growing Talent 4, shared her experience from an enthused ‘I’ll try anything and want to learn everything’ outlook to securing a supervisor’s role with Baxter Storey at a new site.

Chelsea who was on programme 6 told how her determination despite her personal circumstance won through especially with the support of her work coach at JobCentre Plus.

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Founding directors of Invest in Buy to Let – Selvan and Shane above supporting Mali – now Marketing Manager from Growing Talent 6!  Go Mali………….

 

Small world, Selvan discovered he went to the same school as Anna, one of the leads from Job Centre Plus!

 

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On arriving at work today, Kavita from Growing Talent 3, presented me not only with a lemon and poppy seed muffin – my fav – but also a beautiful bunch of flowers ‘it’s because of you I have the money to do this’ she said – Isn’t that fabulous?

 

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So far 74 people have started Growing Talent.  60 have completed and secured permanent, fulltime jobs.

 

Growing Talent 8 starts January 2016 in London – contact me for more details.

 

 

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