We have exciting news to share! C&A’s training and professional development programs are in the spotlight. We’ve been named by Training magazine to the Training Top 125.
Training, the leading business publication for learning & development and human resources professionals, ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs worldwide. We’ll learn our ranking among the 125 award winners in February during the Training 2019 Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL. We’re looking forward to finding out where we land but most of all we’re honored to be recognized.
How does the magazine make its list? The Training Top 125 ranking is based on a combination of benchmarking stats. They include the scope of programming, number of training hours per employee, company investment, learning goals, and the tie between training & development efforts and business goals, objectives, and results.
Full-circle training, up down and all around
Here at C&A we offer a broad range of education for employees, from new hire training for sales and support staff to topical, targeted education and professional development courses that span an employee’s career.
Training bridges all levels and departments across C&A, including employees in entry level roles through management and executive leadership. Whether a member of our team is new to the company or has been with us for years, there’s always an opportunity for further learning. Classes are continually being offered and developed to meet the needs of roles and departments as they arise. Courses and sessions prepare employees for next steps and challenges.
Much of our new hire training for sales staff is accredited and the bulk of offerings as a whole are developed by our own department of training pros. At the same time, we lean into outside employee development concepts, training modules, industry experts, and motivational speakers to support our in-house curriculum.
A culture of learning
“As C&A’s education offerings have evolved over time, we’ve established a culture of learning within our workplace,” said Liz Hall, Executive Director of Aureus University, C&A’s in-house training department. “It’s reflected not only in the amount of training and professional development we offer but also in the enthusiasm and participation we see from our employees. Employee learning is an important part of who we are as a company.”
Our workplace culture is very much learning centric. It’s one of our “why work here” gold stars. Beyond our targeted role and team development training, our Professional Development series (I, II, and III), for example, has expanded and added sessions in order to meet demand. It’s intense, thought provoking, and fun, with takeaways that enrich not only our career lives but our personal growth, too. Our series focused on management preparation is a springboard for those transitioning to positions of leadership. And our management team also engages in sessions and coursework to expand and further develop their own leadership skills.
Certainly, our focus on employee education is good for C&A as a whole. We become better relationship builders with our customers, more cohesive team members, and we elevate our skills in our day to day roles. Scot Thompson, our President & CEO said of C&A’s training efforts, “We believe the very best companies are comprised of the very best people. The more effective our training, not only initially but throughout an employee’s career with us, the more competitive we are as an organization.”
It’s one of the elements that’s propelled C&A forward, currently the 27th largest staffing firm in the United States and the 84th largest globally. In 2018, C&A was named among the Best Places to Work in Omaha in the large company category for the eighth time in ten years.
We think we have something special here, a “making a difference” mindset that flows in and out of all we do. It’s seen through the sincere focus on helping the businesses and organizations we work with, the job seekers we assist, and our own people of C&A, our in-house team.
We all need a support system in life, don’t we? It feels good to know that when we walk through the door in the morning and get settled at our desks to begin the day that we have that here, too, the positive encouragement to learn, grow, and become better than we were the day before.