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Training programs keep capital city on the move: Key skills delivered to Transport for London employees

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 19 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

Describes two training programs at Transport for London – one for project and program managers and the other in new technology.

Design/methodology/approach

Details the reasons for the programs, the form they took and the results they have obtained.

Findings

Explains that the training for project and program managers has boosted candidates' management skills by 25 percent, improved performance and given staff greater confidence and motivation. The training for 1,600 employees in Transport for London's Surface Transport department brought them up to speed with facilities from voice‐over‐internet protocol telephones and the latest Microsoft Office suite to new user IDs and a new domain name.

Practical implications

Reveals that the training has helped to boost staff morale and save money for TfL.

Social implications

Highlights the importance of having well trained staff in an organization responsible for keeping one of the world's major cities on the move.

Originality/value

Explains how the two training programs were delivered against the background of keeping London's transport system moving.

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Citation

(2011), "Training programs keep capital city on the move: Key skills delivered to Transport for London employees", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 19 No. 5, pp. 33-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/09670731111153348

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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