Acorn Coaching and Development

Improving business performance

A2B New Talent Programmes

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Developing a New Generation

A2B, Acorn's dedicated emerging talent division, provides comprehensive graduate, apprentice and fast-track development programmes, and has a proven track record of helping organisations create a practical framework for the development and support of trainees.

At Acorn we believe everyone has a right to achieve their potential. Our no-nonsense approach allows graduates to identify their skills and clarify their aspirations, developing their confidence and ability to take ownership of their personal development and career progression.

At the same time, we acknowledge that inspirational management is a key factor in graduate retention. Acorn and A2B's programmes include a range of coaching and management skills to help line managers get the best from new recruits. Acorn's development programmes are relevant, direct, uncomplicated and focused on delivering real business outcomes.

Working closely with our clients, we ensure any programme delivery tackles the specific issues affecting the organisation. We pride ourselves on having a good long term relationship with every client. This means we really understand our clients and their needs - and deliver first class programmes that really make a difference.

Our style of programme delivery is engaging and realistic. Programmes are focused on drawing links to delegates' own work-related issues, and graduates are encouraged to identify their personal learning priorities.

What skills will Acorn develop in graduates?

Today's graduates enter the workforce with high expectations and a determination to succeed. But they frequently need to learn how to conduct themselves in a business environment, dealing with other people and mastering new behaviour that will drive them forward and help the organisation reach its business goals.

We work towards four key objectives:

  1. To develop skills, confidence and awareness in new entrants to allow them to achieve a sustainable level of high performance
  2. To promote the ability and curiosity in graduates to continually learn and develop
  3. To deliver real business results, not just a training event
  4. To facilitate change within the organisation to ensure it gets the best from its investment in new talent

Acorn Business Skills Development Programme

New graduates need to know what's expected right from the start and to feel they are making a valuable contribution to the organisation. Key themes include:

  • Understanding the vision and direction of the organisation
  • Accountability and delivering results
  • Customer focus
  • Working within the company culture
  • Building long-term relationships with colleagues, customers and suppliers

Acorn High Performance Development Programme

Looking, in detail, at forming, developing and working in effective teams. The programme covers:

  • Understanding own and others' working styles and preferences
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Problem solving

Acorn Leadership Skills Development Programme

Leaders of tomorrow need to develop finely tuned communication skills. Our programme covers:

  • Understanding leadership theory
  • Exploring and developing own leadership style
  • Openness to change and innovation
  • Negotiating skills and influencing people

Powering Forward Programme

Following the initial programmes, we look at providing a springboard for the future, where we work with your graduates to clarify personal vision within an organisational context.

  • Exploring progress to date
  • Examining current situation
  • Identifying strengths, key drivers and areas of passion
  • Creating a blueprint for ongoing career development

Coaching Skills for Managers Programme

Inspirational management is a key factor in graduate retention. Our programmes include a range of coaching and management skills to help line managers get the best from their new recruits.

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Motivating and developing people

To discuss your Graduate needs in further detail and to discover how Acorn's unique approaches to developing today's talent for the business challenges of tomorrow, call us on +44 (0) 1539 741 511.

Leadership Coaching
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Acorn's approach is to gain an understanding of the business situation, experience and capability of the people requiring leadership development and accelerate their ability to achieve results through engaging people. We demystify the role of leaders, making the subject pertinent and accessible to all.

Team Coaching
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Acorn's Team Coaching ModelĀ© distils accepted theories and studies on high-performing business teams into a formula which is tailored to your business needs using coaching tools.
Team Coaching accelerates team effectiveness.

Project Coaching
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Project directors are fully aware of the importance of initiating effective collaborative behaviour on any project but never more so when the performance of the project is dependant upon multiple stakeholders. Acorn has developed a Project Team Coaching process which can be flexibly applied to a range of projects from bid stage to initiation, through to close.

Graduate Development
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Acorn's Graduate / Apprentice Development modules guide new talent through the process of transition from university life, integrating into the team and accelerating their performance and contribution to the business.