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Recruitment firm Heidrick & struggles has teamed up with five other international companies to launch an Emerging Talent Alliance Programme (ETAP) in Thailand, reports nationmultimedia.com. The programme is aimed at providing local high-potential employees with more exposure to dynamic work experience.
Developed by General Motors (Chevrolet), the talent-exchange programme is being facilitated by Heidrick & Struggles, and supported by the senior business leaders from other companies, namely BlueScope Steel, Dusit International, Maersk Line, and McDonald's.
The five companies have jointly launched the one-year programme to offer their core expertise to emerging talent, with the objective of providing promising staff with a development opportunity through cross-functional training.
Ten up-and-coming middle and senior management employees have been selected for the programme from 17,700 people at the five alliance companies.
The programme is divided into three parts - candidate identification, quarterly training sessions and final presentations. In the final phase, all participants will share their key learning and experience from the programme at an executive briefing event.
Steve Mullinjer, Asia-Pacific regional leader for Heidrick & Struggles, said "I am very excited that we have taken an active role in driving this emerging-talent development programme in the market. In the Global Talent Index study in 2011, jointly published by Heidrick & Struggles and the Economist Intelligence Unit, Thailand outperformed other adjacent countries like Vietnam and Indonesia in terms of the talent environment as well as companies' overall ability to attract and retain the people they need.”
"I believe a programme like Emerging Talent Alliance Programme will be instrumental in improving the overall competitiveness of Thai executives, especially in light of the formation of the Asian Economic Community," he added.
The programme will also offer senior executive coaching sessions, a variety of functional exposure, project-focused work, job shadowing and practical training sessions.
Jeff Stryker, principal in charge of Heidrick & Struggles Thailand, commented: "I am very proud to be part of ETAP, bringing best-in-class corporations together to discuss talent-related issues as well as gathering thoughts on meaningful ways to shape high-potential talent to become tomorrow's business leaders in this emerging market.”
"With the alliance companies' valuable contribution to ETAP, the participants will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain exposure to different business settings. They are encouraged to transfer their new knowledge and skills to their current role and influence their co-workers, ultimately making a positive impact on their respective organisation," he concluded.