Staying competitive in the global aerospace industry requires continual investment in people, skills and knowledge. Towards the end of 2016 BAE Systems opened new facilities representing a state of the art training centre and the physical manifestation of a new philosophy of learning.
We were asked to help develop the life-long learning vision that sits at the heart of the new facilities so that people would understand:
• The need for continual learning at every career stage
• The need for the learning available to people to constantly evolve
• How the centre would seed learning throughout their global business
• That the business had one common vision for learning that was capable of meeting the needs of multiple users in very different roles across the business
“After each conversation the visual provided grounds for the next conversation. We were always taking a step forward towards a life-long learning strategy – it was a very constructive way to develop the strategy.”
Daniel Hurst, BAE Systems
What we did
Working with the BAE central team, we developed a series of iterative pictures that showed the development of the strategic vision.
Each iteration marked a distinct stage in the evolution of the vision which was used by the central team as a way of talking with the different functions in the business to understand more about their differing needs.
Through this process, a vision for continual learning until 2030 was co-designed, enabling the BAE leadership of the business to understand what they needed to do to support its delivery over time.
“The Big Conversation has generated greater understanding of how people can contribute to the vision. We have had a lot of feedback and comment, much of which is helping identify what needs prioritising to go forward. The picture and conversation process has been a tremendous help in our engagement with the team.”
Strategic Services Transformation Manager, BAE Systems