Learning and Development
At TrustPower we believe the ultimate key to success is developing our people so that as our company grows, our employees grow too.
Building our people's capability plays a critical role in creating a Winning Culture. That is why you will find TrustPower an employer that provides its employees many opportunities for on-going personal development. Whatever your career at TrustPower, you have the resources and support available to help you grow and develop:
- 360 Degree Feedback provides insight and feedback from multiple perspectives on an employee's performance. This is designed to identify opportunities to grow and improve.
- Coaching and Mentorship is provided to help guide talented employees to become effective leaders and technical specialists in our company.
- Needs-based Training and Development targets specific individual requirements to encourage employees to develop capabilities and realise their potential.
- Job Rotations and Secondments are available to enable employee's to extend their skill base across teams and departments.
- Traineeships, Cadetships and Modern Apprenticeships available across a range of roles.
- External Leadership Training TrustPower sponsors employees on a range of external programmes including the Berwick Outdoor Experience to build confidence and leadership skills. As well as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards as a recognition of young achievers.
By supporting our employees to learn and develop, we are leaders in our industry.
Developing our people:
A great example of developing our employees is the TrustPower team winning the 2009 Business Challenge.
The New Zealand Institute of Management Business Challenge is a business simulation where teams or individuals from businesses all around New Zealand compete against each other in the running of a fictitious company. After four months of stiff competition, the TrustPower Team took out the winning spot ahead of 90 competing teams.
Each round of six periods involved a different business scenario, with varying business conditions. Teams had to make business decisions each period and enter them into the business challenge website.
During the Challenge, the team had to prepare their strategy and make decisions about running their company.
“I believe we had a few key advantages; firstly we had a good understanding of the cost of capital. Secondly, our team had the ability to reverse engineer competitor’s balance sheets, which gave us the ability to predict market forces in the next period. We developed a strategy for each round and made tactical group decisions,” says Doug Bell, TrustPower Systems Analyst.
In the final period, the team finished with a retained profit of $4.25m, the second placed team finishing on $2.94m.
“The dominance gained by Team TrustPower in the opening period continued right through to the end of the contest, with them turning in a $1.5million profit to effectively kill off any possible challenge from the rest of the teams,” says Jared and Kim, NZIM Business Challenge Administrators.
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