We are dedicated to the continuous learning and development of our people. Part of this means making sure that we give our people access to high quality training.
We are delighted that the internal training we design and deliver ourselves has recently been accredited by the Market Research Society (MRS). This means it’s been given the stamp of approval as meeting the rigorous quality standards that the MRS demands. This accredited training includes our Graduate Trainee Development Programme, as well as our training on core research skills, specialist research skills, and management training and development.
At the same time, we encourage our team to explore and seek external training that will develop their specialist skills, appeal to their interests, and also develop them personally. For example, some researchers have recently attended training on Thinking on your feet and Online authority for introverts. We are a firm believer in seeing our staff as people first. We believe that anything that helps them to develop their confidence and grow personally benefits us hugely too, by creating a happy and powerful workplace.
We see L&D as much more than simply attending training courses, however. Our mission is to create a truly learning organisation. For us, this means:
- Helping our people to get most out of learning every day, on the job. To do this, all of our line managers and project managers are supported by training that helps them to develop others effectively. This includes training on giving and receiving feedback, coaching skills, and guidance on communication, difficult conversations and asking better questions.
- Allowing our staff regular dedicated ‘learning’ time within their working hours, to work on personal research-related projects that pique their curiosity.
- Encouraging our staff to become members of research and insight organisations like the MRS, Association of Qualitative Researchers, and the Social Research Association. This additional source of expertise, networking and learning events and resources is invaluable, and we are very happy to provide this for those that want it.
- We have a full time L&D Manager in post, who works to design and deliver our training courses alongside our internal subject matter experts, and who is working to build and grow our overall learning culture.