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How Nick Owen discovered Avado’s unique approach to CIPD learning

After working in learning and development for nearly nine years, helping his colleagues develop their skills, Senior Training Officer Nick Owen decided it was time to upskill himself. Nick was looking for something to back up his years of experience, a qualification to prove what he knew, and he decided that 2020 was the year […]

Creating operational efficiency through agile ways of working for Quacquarelli Symonds

Meet Quacquarelli Symonds QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector. Their mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfill their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development. QS’s drive to grow, collaborate and maximise efficiency For QS, […]

National Mentoring Day: How mentoring helped Aiden restore a work-life balance

Aiden is a public speaker and volunteer for a charity, KEEN London. At just 20 years old, he has firmly established who he is and where he wants to be. Though he enjoys speaking to, and inspiring people in his blog and artwork, he had never been mentored himself before FastFutures. He found the experience […]

National Mentoring Day: How mentoring secured Mohammed’s dream job

Mohammed graduated in MSC Environmental Assessment and Management at the University of Salford. His strong relationship with his mentor Phillipa (Pip, as he calls her) from CGI, was pivotal in his imminent career as a Sustainability Advisor at CGI. It’s a role that was specially created for him, with help from Phillipa. Though highly qualified, […]

National Mentoring Day: How mentoring helped Gemma ace her job interview

Gemma recently completed a BSc in Digital Media Design and Development at the University of Greenwich. She just started working for CGI as a digital marketing and social media assistant, a role she largely attributes to the help of her mentor, Preneeta, from Salesforce, and the FastFutures programme altogether. “We got to know each other […]

Bridging the HR skills gap and fostering a data-first mindset at McDonald’s

McDonald’s employees drive their success People are at the heart of McDonald’s success. With more than 130,000 employees across the UK & Ireland, ensuring their people are well trained, fulfilled and enjoy their work is critical. The brand has a long history of always trying to improve and be better, uniting people to make a […]

Gemma Glover on finding her dream career through L&D learning

In September 2020, Gemma Glover was about to begin her seventh year in an operations role at a company with an increasingly toxic culture. She knew she needed to make a change. Unsure what that change should be, Gemma began Googling things that fascinated her at work, specifically retention and engagement. That’s how she found […]

FastFutures – Meet Pria Duncan-Benington

Meet 23-year-old FastFutures graduate Pria. Pria was volunteering and working part time assistant jobs whilst actively applying for internships and jobs. With only A-levels and no university degree, she felt her options were limited and was worried that she would not be able to get a job to get started on her career. After many […]

FastFutures – Meet Emmanuel Omole

Meet 22-year-old Emmanuel. Despite being a university graduate, Emmanuel struggled to get his foot through the door into a career in finance. With the pandemic, the job market took a huge hit which made is really tough for new graduates to get new opportunities. Although Emmanuel had the degree, and a good accounting skillset, he […]

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