Procter & Gamble, winner of the manufacturing and engineering category of Computer Weekly's Best Places to Work in IT Awards 2007, has strengthened its hand in IT professional development for this year's competition.
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"In the past year we have concentrated on internationally recognised certifications for the first time, in a conscious effort to enable our IT professionals to benchmark themselves externally across the IT industry," said Richard King, IT director at Procter & Gamble.
Over and above Procter & Gamble's flexible working arrangements, community events and business team relationships, judges in last year's competition praised the company's investment in training IT staff and for offering strong development pathways.
"We consider continually growing people to maximise their potential as critical to IT's success within Procter & Gamble and see external certifications as taking that strategy to a higher level because it helps improve skills and competencies in a way that is universally understood," said King. "This makes it easier for people to understand exactly what level they are at."
Winning the manufacturing and engineering category in last year's Best Places to Work in IT Awards has provided another important external benchmark within the manufacturing industry, said King - and one that Procter & Gamble is working on maintaining.
"We are passionate about what we do, but the award has definitely boosted the IT department's credibility within the company and given our IT professionals added confidence in their place of work and in the way they engage with business partners," he said.
The award has also been useful in recruiting young talent for Procter & Gamble's IT department, said King. "When we speak to IT students, the award gives credibility to our key recruitment message of offering excellent opportunities for personal development," he said.