At Standard Life Aberdeen, our early careers programs form a vital part of our talent strategy, bringing fresh thinking and new skills to our business as well as helping us build the next generation of leaders. This autumn we were delighted to welcome 29 new graduates and 22 new trainees across all many functions within the SLA business.
While the pandemic disrupted the usual model of office life and in-person interaction, we were fortunate in being able to quickly switch to a hybrid model of recruitment, assessment and development all being carried out virtually. In fact, SLA’s new trainees have been through the cycle of interviews, training and placements, so often predicated on face-to-face engagement,entirely online.
Onboarding new talent to work remotely in the middle of a global pandemic was never going to be easy and the Early Careers team has had to find creative ways to introduce and connect the new joiners.