Graduate Development

Competitive Edge work with organisations to develop ‘Early in Career’ talent so that they learn relevant skills and nurture the behaviours to become future leaders.
We understand the benefits and risks involved with graduates and Early in Career talent.

Graduates and Early in Career talent bring new ideas and offer new ways of working which can transform businesses.


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They do things differently and can often suggest better approaches which frequently improve processes and enhance products and services. People with such potential, and much to absorb and share, could be the future leaders of your organisation.

There are potential downsides to employing people that have recently left education and are entering the world of work for the first time, it is often a challenge for existing managers to lead and manage them.

The impact they can have on others in the organisation, particularly aging workforces where different mindsets and attitudes exist, can be counterproductive. We know that ‘Early in Career’ talent want to challenge the status quo and often appear to want to break the rules. In some environments this may be fine, in others, not so.

Graduates bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas but often lack essential business skills such as commercial awareness and key interpersonal skills such as communication and relationship building.

These skills and behaviours are the foundations upon which strong leadership and management is built.

Graduates require specific support and challenge in their transition from student to suit.

“I have been greatly impressed with Chris’ input on the training and development front and in leading some very successful programmes for graduates employed by clients. Chris has also been instrumental in developing some important client relationships and supporting those organisations through recruitment and change programmes.”

Richard Boot OBE DL – Managing Partner & Chairman at IRC UK Global Executive Search Partners

To develop relevant skills and nurture your future leaders, contact us now

Our Address

Competitive Edge Training & Consultancy
Office 40
Burlington House
369 Wellingborough Road

Contact Us

Ian Wearne: 07896 053130

Chris Battye: 07971 441896

Kevin Lacey: 07961 256691