Acorn Coaching and Development

Improving business performance


Graduate Coaching - Skanska UK

Skanska UK employs approximately 4,600 staff in the UK and undertake around £1.3 billion worth of work each year. The company carries out all aspects of the construction, development and infrastructure process and is involved in some of the UK’s most prestigious projects in both the Private and Public Sectors.

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Skanska has been heavily involved in public sector activity in the UK building sector, and success in this area relies largely on people's ability to build and sustain solid, long lasting relationships with Skanska's many partnering businesses.

Skanska UK enlisted the specialist skill set of Acorn Coaching and Development to create and drive the Future Talent Programme which ensures its young people realise their potential, and do so within Skanska.


A2B is the graduate development arm of Acorn, and A2B specialist Howard Crook has worked for five years with Skanska on a continually evolving rolling programme designed to inspire and motivate high potential young people to take responsibility for their own development, focussing on practical issues within the business and how they can do their jobs better.

The programmes consist of 5 intensive days during a 12 month period with a launch event, coaching, a tailored 360° assessment, followed by a residential element and post course follow-up.

More than 250 men and women have completed the programme, with their roles spanning the whole of the Skanska organisation including engineers, quantity surveyors, site managers, human resources and strategic functions.


Graduates emerge from the programme with a more focused and practical approach to the business that delivers hard efficiencies recognised by Skanska management as enabling them to move more quickly into senior roles.

Importantly, the energy and direction created by the programme impacts on the rest of the organisation when the young people return to their roles within the business, displaying new behaviours and a different perspective on how they do those jobs more effectively.

Sally Scott from Skanska was in no doubt about the value of the course. She said: "Our aim is simple. We want our young people to have the confidence to take responsibility for their career development and reach their full potential quickly."

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"Acorn's programme exceeded all expectations. We now have a generation of talent already making a significant contribution"

P Sharpe, HR Director, Skanksa UK