The achievements of thirty employees were recognised by the Swift Group at their inaugural Swift Academy graduation held at Lazaat’s restaurant on Wednesday 7 December, with Managing Director James Turner and Deputy Managing Director Amy Archer handing out the certificates.
Swift Group launched the Academy in Sept 2015, just over a year later there are over one hundred employees from all areas of the business studying a variety of business and management courses. The thirty graduates are the first to finish their course, and having enjoyed the experience many are looking to progress onto the next study level.
The Swift Academy was introduced as a key component of succession planning at Swift, developing talent from within and ensuring the business has the skills, knowledge and capability to be successful today and in the future. Employees study at a level appropriate to their experience and position and can work their way towards studying for an MBA (Master of Business Administration)
The Swift Academy has also become a key element in recruitment in the company with one of the region’s largest apprenticeship schemes employing ten students a year, along with a degree scholarship programme. Both opportunities enable students to earn while they learn, and Swift always welcomes applications for each.
‘The development of the Swift Academy was a new venture for Swift and it is tremendous to see what has been achieved for both the company and each person. Studying and working is not easy and requires dedication, a quality we appear to have in abundance. I wish each graduate and those currently studying every success’, said Amy Archer, Deputy Managing Director.