Early Career OPEN Programme

Developing early career & graduate employees into your future leaders

Developing talent today so they can lead your business tomorrow.

If you’ve recruited high-potential talent, make sure you get the best ROI; develop their soft-skills and leadership capability so you can fast-track their progression.

embed accountability

Fresh talent is critical to your business’ success; ensure your team understand the importance of delivering for the business & customers.

build soft skills

No matter the role, having soft skills is fundamental to efficiency, communication & leadership. Embed these skills to get the best from your early career & graduate talent.

prepare for future roles

When you’re fast tracking talent, you need to be preparing them for their next role; whether it’s client-facing or a manager, give them the skills they require.

increase roi

High-potential talent can be a great investment, but only if you help them to reach their full potential. Start developing you early career & graduate talent today.

Get a better workforce in 3 steps…

brief us

Schedule a call to explain your goals for training and development.

on-board delegates

Select the right delegates for the programme, and work with us to on-board them.

support delegates

Continue supporting your employees back in your business as they implement their learnings.

Early Career OPEN Programme Details

What is the programme?

The Early Career OPEN Programme is designed to provide high-potential, future leaders with the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will stretch them to reach their full potential.

Key areas this programme covers are:

• Organisational Performance – delivering results

• Interpersonal Excellence – managing people and developing relationships

• Personal Effectiveness – managing self

• Behavioural Impact – the perceptions and effects of behaviour

Who is the programme suitable for?

The Early Career OPEN Programme is perfect for your high-potential talent who are relatively early in their careers. The purpose of the programme is to provide them with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to flourish in your business and throughout their career with you. It is particularly beneficial for those who are taking their first steps into managerial roles or are likely to in the future.

The programme doesn’t focus on any particular discipline or industry, so it’s suitable for anyone in your business – whether you’re looking to develop your STEM employees’ soft skills or fast-track your sales & commercial employees’ commercial acumen & business knowledge.

We also welcome people with different levels of experience onto the programme; we’ve had fresh graduates alongside those who have 4/5 years’ experience.

Having delegates from different industries with different experiences in the working world allows delegates to learn from one another and how different businesses function to their own.

Features of the programme

Across the 18-month programme, learners will experience:

• 1 induction day

• 4 experiential modules

• Face-to-face support visits

• On-going online learning, webinars & support

• Blended learning

• Classroom learning

• Experiential interventions

• Business simulations

• Real business challenge projects

Learning Outcomes

Outcomes of this programme include:

– Embedding critical business knowledge

– Identifying and addressing development areas

– Increasing self-awareness and professionalism

– Improving management of self and decision making

– Understanding business concepts and increasing commercial awareness

– Introducing management techniques in preparation for future roles

– Exploring how to build relationships and communicate effectively

– Improving self-accountability by understanding the importance of their role in the business and team

– Managing live projects to get profitable outcomes

– Developing the right behaviours, including: taking responsibility, agility, inclusivity and professionalism

– Developing interpersonal capability

– Understanding and embedding reflection for personal development

How can the programme be funded?

This programme can be funded in two different ways. The first option is that any business can privately fund the programme. Additionally, the Early Career OPEN Programme is aligned to the Operations/Departmental Manager Level 5 apprenticeship standard, which means it can be funded using the apprenticeship levy – both for organisations who are levy payers and SMEs using a government top-up.

The journey to your future leaders starts today…

Tailored training

No two people are the same; allow your employees to explore & improve their own, unique development areas.

Blended learning

Just telling people how to step up their performance doesn’t work. Send your employees on a journey of self-discovery.

Peer learning

Our peers, no matter how inexperienced, will have knowledge to share; let your employees learn from other high-potential talent to bring fresh ideas to your business.

Experience specific

Early career & graduate employees don’t have a lot of experience – our programme delivers the foundations your employees need for a successful career.

Business simulations

With inexperience can come mistakes – we all need practice at new things! Give your team a safe environment to practice in, so they get it right back in your business.

Real ROI

Practice makes perfect – your employees will identify an opportunity to deliver cost savings or profit in your business, and will work on the live project to deliver it.

Plus, the programme can be funded in two ways – either privately funded by your business or, if you’re an apprenticeship levy payer, using your levy!

Are you ready to improve your workforce?

Client Testimonial

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

As a company we are committed to developing graduate talent; however, like many other businesses, because of our size we are unable to offer a dedicated in-house graduate training programme. The OPEN Programme has been a fantastic solution for us – shortly after one of our team completed it, we could already see how it was benefiting both the graduate and the organisation in general. So much so that we signed up our latest graduate for the next programme.

Mary Narey


The Discovery ‘Way’

Use a joined up approach through Diagnostics, Recruitment & Training to build a better workforce.


Before taking action, take the time to understand how you need to build your workforce to reach your business’ goals and reduce wasted spends.


Get the right people in your business with the behaviours, stretch and capability that will ensure your business succeeds.


Business doesn’t stand still: develop your employees to increase their capability, prepare them for future roles & future-proof your workforce.

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