University Collaboration Set to Develop Rising Stars at EMCOR UK


As part of our People Strategy, we have collaborated with academics and performance scientists from Bournemouth University (BU) to design and deliver a bespoke development programme for colleagues identified as ‘rising stars’.

EMCOR UK’s Strategic Account Director and senior sponsor for the project - John Kovacs – commented: “working together with business experts, academics and performance psychologists, we were able to access the most recent developments in business and sports performance. This applied thinking has given us the opportunity to create an innovative approach to developing our rising stars.”

In September 2019, our first cohort of 52 rising stars from across the business undertook the inaugural Development Day.

Insights from the day have helped refine and ratify future investment in the programme. It’s also provided our senior management team with innovative tools and techniques to use in the workplace to enhance the skills of colleagues who want to progress and grow their careers with us.

In addition to the tasks undertaken throughout the day, Performance Psychologist Dr Emma Kavanagh, along with GB beach volleyball player Jake Sheaf, delivered a key note focussed on managing professional relationships in order to optimise team environments.

The day provided a platform for everyone to reflect on their current performance, their values, achievements and future aspirations. In addition, they were challenged to learn more about how they respond to difficult and varied situations as individuals and while working in teams.

John Kovacs concluded, “It’s been immensely rewarding to work with performance scientists who are as passionate about developing people as we are. For the rising stars attending, our programme will improve their focus on career development, it fosters motivation, increases creativity and subsequently enhances personal performance and productivity.

EMCOR UK’s second development day programme kicks off in January 2020 with a cohort of 120 individuals attending.