Employee Learning and Development
Developing the skills and capabilities of our people is a key part of our strategic priority to build a capable and effective workforce.
Our learning and development vision is to create a learning organization where everyone has a passion for learning and the capability to continuously improve and transform the organization.
Our learning and development mission is to enable, encourage and provide high-impact learning experiences that make employees’ lives better and drive business growth and transformation.
A Learning Culture
Leadership and Professional Development
To build our capabilities, we continuously invest in developing the professional, technical and leadership skills of our employees. We are establishing a common global framework for how we approach innovation in a customer-centric way, and are incorporating the innovation skills our employees need into our leadership development programs and professional development offerings.
These include a number of programs specifically designed for current and aspiring executives, directors and managers:
The Global Leadership Summit: Aimed at executives and general managers responsible for global projects, departments and budgets, these programs are a combination of immersion in markets and the application of new skills.
Global Executive Leadership: Geared toward directors and senior managers associated with a region, but with responsibilities that extend to the global enterprise.
Experienced Leader Program: Aimed at middle management, the program helps grow the capabilities of our skill team leaders running regional large projects and functional departments.
Salaried Supervisor Institute: A program for new and experienced front-line leaders, which builds foundational leadership skills and hands-on applications.
Our approach combines virtual web-based learning with classroom training, and spans simulations, project work, mentoring and coaching, social networking, workshops and team lunch-and-learn events. Together, these methods and tools support professional development, foster functional and technical excellence, encourage teamwork and leadership skills, promote One Ford values and drive improved performance.
Leading by Teaching
A key approach for us is Leading by Teaching, where we support our skilled and motivated people to develop themselves and each other. By teaching others, colleagues build self-awareness, gain opportunities for professional development and are exposed to a wide range of opinions; those being taught get exposure to leaders and subject matter experts, and acquire company-specific skills and knowledge in ways that foster engagement and enthusiasm for learning.
Supporting Career Development
Personal Development Plans
With operations on six continents, our workforce needs to be locally aware, globally mobile, adaptable and innovative; we also need strong leaders able to operate anywhere in the world. Our accelerated personal development plans and cultural awareness programs help our people succeed in a range of geographical and social contexts.
Ford offers competency frameworks and development plans for salaried employees, to help them determine where they are in their careers, maximize current performance and work toward future goals. Our learning solutions are made available in multiple languages at the MyLearning@Ford portal.
We also run a global Development Discussions for Supervisors course, to ensure that development plan discussions between managers and employees are effective, and that supervisors can guide and support the development of their team members.
In 2016, 52,273 salaried employees (84 percent of those who use our Talent Management System) completed Individual Development Plans online.