One-Day Graduate Induction Event

An introduction to leadership principles in a unique and motivational environment as part of a graduate induction programme for a Global Bank


As part of an overall induction programme, IDG designed a one-day experiential learning element with the objective of raising the participant’s knowledge and awareness of the synergistic gains to be made by collaborative working, long-term strategic thinking, commercial awareness and “doing the right thing”.

Held over 4 days and consisting of over 400 graduates drawn from different regions of the world, the event enabled mass participation yet focused learning and development at the individual level. IDG worked closely with the client to ensure that the right messages were delivered at the right moment, in the correct context of both the business objectives and the induction programme itself.


As one of the world’s leading financial institutions, the client operates in over 40 countries and employs over 85,000 people. Since its founding in 1690, the bank has been synonymous with innovation. Each year, it attracts graduates in a very competitive field to join its graduate programme.


As part of its innovative culture, the client wanted to ensure its graduate induction programme was as original as it was informative, as memorable as it was instructional. They required a leadership element to the programme, and wanted to ensure that it would introduce the concepts in a manner and environment that fulfilled both the learning objectives and the cognitive ones.

They wanted an element that would not only introduce the skills, but also act as a way of engaging and motivating the new graduate intake as they began their careers.


IDG worked closely with the client to create a programme that exceeded their requirements. It involved all 250+ graduates being transported to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, an institution synonymous with leadership excellence and also a completely different and refreshing environment to both corporate banking life and standard training courses.

After an initial briefing, the graduates are split into random, multi-functional, cross-territorial teams. Each team would then experience a series of activities, tutorials, events and discussions that fulfilled the learning objectives in challenging and stimulating ways.

Some of the learning objectives met by the programme include:

  • Introduce the graduates to working in diverse teams.
  • Introduce the graduates to some of the skills they will need for their roles, including: research, sales, financial analysis/management, presentation/pitching.
  • Give the graduates an appreciation of the global aspect of their work.
  • Ensure the graduates understand what leadership means to the organisation.
  • Introduce the graduates to the concept of effective followership, including:
    • What do effective followers look like?
    • What type of follower are they?
    • What kind of followership do they want to employ?
    • Why does it matter?
    • What difficulties might one encounter?
  • Explore the role of personal values and how they interact with leadership and followership.
  • Understand how to collaborate in teams effectively and to be a positive team player.
  • Examine how to handle differences of opinion.

The programme has subsequently been renewed each year since its initial inception. It is flexible enough to adapt to the size of the intake which depends on the size of the recruitment drive. Initial discussions have begun to potentially grow the programme to two days due to the success achieved thus far.

The Kirkpatrick results have been extremely encouraging and the balance of input, reflection and practical activities has enabled the delegates to engage with the programme and take away some key lessons for their future careers.


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It was a new experience for us and we were quite enthusiastic about the entire idea of bringing diverse people together on a common platform. It was a great balance of individual development and team building. Being my first such experience, I really enjoyed the learning process and I look forward to more such programs in the future.



The training at Sandhurst was the most inspiring and challenging. There were adequate exercises for me to identify my weaknesses and how to improve on them. The leadership training was very helpful in helping me prepare for my roles in future.


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