Euro managers test £100,000 skills planner

Pharmaceuticals
group Alliance Unichem has invested more than £100,000 in a multi-lingual
software programme to improve the skills training of its European managers.

The
software, called the Personal Development Planner, highlights skills gaps
between managers in different countries, and this allows the HR team to draw up
individual training programmes for the managers.

It
is currently being trialled by 50 senior managers across the UK, France, Italy,
Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic. It will be rolled out to 410 managers
over the next two years.

Carole
Roberts, group training and development director for Alliance Unichem, said,
"We can use this system to see which countries have particularly strong
competencies and as a way of identifying future development needs that cut
across language barriers."

The
planner analyses the development needs of managers by sending out
questionnaires and tests a range of competencies including time management,
quality of thinking and vision.

Alliance
Unichem has 17,000 employees worldwide.

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