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Ascent programme

Plan your Ascent through IQ-EQ

We want you to reach your full potential. We take a holistic approach to your professional and personal development. We offer an inclusive and diverse environment to support your career aspirations.

Helping you climb to YOUR FULL POTENTIAL

We want our employees to have fun, be challenged, stretched and develop their skills every day. That’s the only way we really grow and reach our full potential.

To help you along the way, we take your learning and development seriously. Not just because it’s good for you, but because it’s good for us, too. We want to support everyone to perform at their best.

Our approach to learning and growth

Our 70/20/10 model of learning recognises how employees learn best and helps make it happen. Here’s what we believe:

  • 70 percent of your learning comes from giving you the opportunity to try things out for yourself, even if it means taking a few risks.
  • 20 percent of your learning comes from the great people on your side, including mentors, managers and coaches.
  • The final 10 percent is what you gain from leading-edge classes and courses, designed by our own experts as well as leading external institutions.

Your long-term career goals are important to us. We want to make sure we’re providing the support you need to achieve your dreams so we can build a successful future, together. 

That is why we designed and developed an innovative programme for our people, in partnership with Korn Ferry®, who specialise in synchronising strategy and talent to drive superior performance.

Ascent, gives everyone the opportunity to pick their own path in terms of their career, in a way that works for them. It’s about being active and learning through doing, not endless talking and death by PowerPoint. 

So everyone here — and we mean everyone — can access our Ascent career development program which  opens up conversations about the future and is underpinned by our world-class competency model.

We have a developed an international company-wide programme, creating opportunities to bring together people from across our organisation. The programme is individual to you and where you are on your career path whether you are at basecamp or more adventurous. We have a career development pathway for you.

Basecamp is a two-day programme designed for new managers or first-level line manager programme. It gives people an opportunity to explore all the things they need to know about managing people. The common theme here is around understanding yourself and the impact you have on others.

Ascent Basecamp

Pathfinder is a two-day programme designed for the senior management team, which centres on exploring their skills and any gaps they have. There’s a focus on attitudes to change and managing emotions. 


Ascent Pathfinder

Explorer is for anyone with high potential, up to the level of associate director. Modules last a week, and each group of 15-20 people will include people at different stages of their career. The one thing they have in common is that we believe they have unexplored potential – so there are lots of opportunities to lead, in a variety of increasingly complex projects.

Ascent Explorer

Adventurer comprises short interventions –based on a topic or a particular competency. So whatever your career path which can support your ambitions, whether that’s becoming a CEO or simply staying where they are and becoming the best at that role. The Adventurer courses give our people self-development opportunities to achieve their ambitions.

Ascent Adventurer