Due to the success of its Future Leaders programme, Valor Hospitality Europe has extended its employee development programme to give even more of its team members the opportunity to take their careers to the next level.
The scheme was initially created to guide operations managers across Valor’s portfolio of 17 UK hotels into general manager roles, but the remit has been widened to all senior management positions to help develop a pipeline of leadership talent within the business.
Through the initiative, Valor dedicates time and resources to emerging leaders, ensuring that they have the opportunities and resources that they need to progress their careers and grow with the business.
After an initial assessment period, the programme consists of both specialist training and self-study, alongside experimental learning and group work. Team members also have the opportunity to gain more experience of working in other departments if they feel that it isn’t one of their strengths or something that they’ve not had much exposure to in the past but is critical for their next move.
Some of the programmes’ early successes include Phillip Rankin and Michael Falla who are now general managers of Crowne Plaza Plymouth and Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow, respectively. This is a second general management position for both Phillip and Michael who were originally promoted at different hotels after completing the Future Leaders programme where they excelled. They now form a new wave of natural born leaders taking on top roles at Valor.
Other success stories come from Sarah Turner at Hotel Indigo Liverpool and Peter Gregory at the Holiday Inn Peterborough West, who both moved into their first general manager roles last year after also completing the programme.
Moira Laird, HR director at Valor said: “We have a number of development programmes running throughout Valor’s UK hotel network to allow us to work closely with those who are eager to learn, progress their careers and show real talent in what they do.
“We’re committed to supporting our colleagues to progress in their roles and for us, it makes sense to harness the talent we already have working with us so we don’t need to look outside of the business for our future leaders.”
Valor Hospitality Europe has been operational in the UK for over three years and manages 17 properties in its UK portfolio on behalf of investment vehicles affiliated with MCAP Global Finance Ltd.