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Jan 2017

L3 TRL Technology’s future talent programme shortlisted for award

L3 TRL Technology has been shortlisted for the Distinction in Developing Future Talent award at this year’s HR Distinction Awards.

With a national shortage of skilled engineers and software specialists TRL has developed a talent programme, called Cerebrum, that invests in future talent and offers graduates and apprentices a nurturing and fulfilling start to their careers.

Cerebrum puts emerging talent at the heart of the business to ensure TRL has the right skills available at the right time and provide STEM apprentices, graduates and industrial placements with valuable, learn-to-earn, real-world career pathways and opportunities.

It’s been designed using a blend of feedback from former apprentices and placements, combined with industry leading initiatives such as the 5% Club.

Kelly Anderson, TRL’s HR Director says the strategy is already paying off with increased retention rates, faster promotion for graduates and recognition and rewards for individuals from their educational institutions. She said: “Cerebrum provides opportunities for people to develop their skills, benefit from mentors and broaden their business knowledge.

“The programme is structured so that, over time, members take increasing ownership and drive it forward in an atmosphere of support and confidence from line managers and business leaders.

“Ultimately we want our future talent to achieve the exceptional and help them to deliver our vision to make the world safer and be the partner of choice for global defence, security and civil organisations.”

TRL’s Cerebrum programme includes apprenticeships, industrial placements, summer placements, sponsored students and graduates. As well as participating in a mentoring scheme, the group have regular tutorial sessions and are set business challenges to complete as a team or individually. All Cerebrum members are also given a mentor.

As a member of the 5% Club, TRL has pledged to work towards having a minimum of 5% of the company’s UK workforce enrolled on formalised apprenticeships, sponsored student positions and graduate development schemes. As of December 2016, TRL had 9% of its UK work force in these positions.

The HR Distinction Awards, which celebrate innovatively designed and executed HR strategies that have contributed to outstanding business performance, take place on 31 January in Birmingham. QHotels and We Are Nova Ltd are also shortlisted in the Developing Future Talent category.