ATPI’s Rising Stars programme, one year on

Published on 2018-08-23 11:14:10

Following the success of its 2017 Rising Stars programme, leading travel and events management company ATPI takes a look back over the last year as it prepares to welcome the class of 2018. The Rising Stars programme was established last year with the aim of developing an initiative to help facilitate the awareness and progression of ATPI employees within the business through mentoring.

Candidates are required to undergo a competitive application process, involving an essay-style submission detailing their suitability for the programme, the results they wish to achieve and their commitment to their personal development. From the 30 applications received, ATPI’s senior members of staff selected eight candidates in 2017, based on the highest overall scores, to participate in the programme.

ATPI’s 2017 Rising Stars included:

●      Stevie-Leigh Harrison, e-Commerce account/product executive

●      Kelly Chatters, e-Commerce account/product executive

●      Taylor Coombes, senior business travel consultant

●      Jessica Alger, business travel consultant

●      Angela Jackson, team leader

●      Carla Barnard, operations manager, Energy

●      Rachel Brown, head of operations, Lowestoft

●      Jean Matellis, team leader

The programme encourages all participants to get the most out of their experience and is tailored specifically for each individual to help them achieve their personal career goals. Following an initial kick-off meeting, the stars meet with their mentors to discuss areas of interest and tailor their year-long course accordingly. Regular evaluation stages are put in place where progress and objectives are reviewed, based on insight gained from exposure to various roles and departments across the business.

A variety of engaging activities were organised for 2017’s cohort to better understand the breadth of the ATPI business globally. These included group training sessions, accompanying mentors in meetings, and shadowing colleagues in departments of their choice to gain insight into the necessary skill set required for specific roles. The programme offered a hands on approach to learning and provided exposure amongst senior figures in the business, with the stars being tasked with organising the bi-annual UK conference. As an added bonus, ATPI invited a number of the Rising Stars on a three day trip to its Mumbai office to demonstrate the scale of a global business. 

The Rising Stars of 2017 have progressed significantly in the last year and all have successfully moved into different positions or have been promoted to a more senior role within their department.

The programme has received excellent feedback from the stars and ATPI will be continuing to show its commitment to nurturing talent with the launch of the 2018 programme this September.

Katie Skitterall – Head of UK Operations, e-Commerce and Corporate Events says:

“The Rising Stars programme is an initiative that ATPI is extremely proud of. After winning the inaugural Rising Star Award at the People Awards, I was keen to continue the success and develop a programme to nurture the phenomenal talent we have in the business. The 2017 intake of talent was a great achievement as we saw many of our stars meeting goals they had presented to us at the start of the year. We’re excited to identify and welcome six new stars to this year’s programme”.

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