Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - CAREERS -

The sec­ond class is grad­u­at­ing in Novem­ber 2012 and a third class is al­ready in the plan­ning stages.

Randy Vil­lacis, a June 2012 grad­u­ate, has al­ready se­cured a man­u­fac­tur­ing man­ager’s role and speaks highly of the lead­er­ship train­ing pro­gram. He in­di­cated that the soft skills train­ing pro­grams cus­tom­ized to the Boe­ing cul­ture were ef­fec­tive in help­ing him to build and prac­tise the lead­er­ship and man­age­ment skills he re­quires in his new po­si­tion.

Vil­lacis also praised the rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process as it helped to de­velop his self-con­fi­dence and to con­firm that he was on the right path. Vil­lacis is look­ing for­ward to blend­ing his tech­ni­cal knowl­edge with his newly minted skill in the role of man­u­fac­tur­ing man­ager.

Vil­lacis added that the in­ter­nal Boe­ing lead­er­ship pro­gram has served to in­crease morale as em­ploy­ees see the com­pany truly in­vest­ing in its em­ploy­ees. In re­turn, Boe­ing has se­cured em­ployee loy­alty, some­thing that will surely help to fill that tal­ent pipe­line.

As with any pro­gram, on­go­ing eval­u­a­tions are a must. Af­ter a pro­gram re­view by the HR team, sev­eral ad­just­ments have been made. For in­stance, the pro­gram was re­struc­tured to a six-month time frame. The job shad­ow­ing el­e­ment will be re­duced to a two-week pe­riod. The open public fo­rums proved suc­cess­ful in pro­vid­ing a birds-eye view of a man­age­rial role and will con­tinue as is. As well, the se­lec­tion process proved to be an ex­cel­lent tool for choos­ing the right can­di­dates and this as­pect of the pro­gram will also be con­tin­ued.

There’s no two ways about it: Suc­ces­sion plan­ning to­day is such a ne­ces­sity, yet it re­mains one of the most ne­glected ar­eas of hu­man re­source man­age­ment. Per­haps the suc­cess of the Boe­ing pro­gram will stim­u­late other or­ga­ni­za­tions to rec­og­nize how valu­able this func­tion can be to fill­ing the pipe­line with tal­ented em­ploy­ees.

Source: In­ter­views with Cather­ine Bain, Jody Cum­mings, Ce­les Isidro and Randy Vil­lacis from Boe­ing Canada Tech­nol­ogy, SHRM Sur­vey Find­ings: SHRM-AARP Strate­gic Work­force Plan­ning, April 2012.

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