Building what matters, sustainably – 2016 Sustainability Report

SNC-Lavalin Academy

Employees - SNC-Lavalin Academy

The SNC-Lavalin Academy is a driving force for shaping the future of our organization. It catalyzes and facilitates the deployment of our global people development strategy. The Academy:

  • Addresses our corporate-wide people development needs
  • Develops key competencies
  • Creates an environment that promotes networking, best practices, alignment and synergies

Learning streams 

The Academy offers a series of courses linked to four key strategic priorities:

  • Project management
  • Corporate excellence
  • Leadership development
  • Business development and sales excellence

Each learning stream consists of courses delivered in the classroom, through e-learning modules or a combination of both. Courses range from half-hour e-learning modules, to week-long sessions and year-long professional certification programs. Some courses are open to employees across the company while others are reserved for specific groups.

Superior instruction

The Academy is steered by a faculty of SNC-Lavalin subject matter experts. We’ve also built partnerships with top global learning organizations in project management and leadership.

First-class instruction ensures the quality of delivery and promotes various learning strategies. Programs are piloted and undergo continuous improvement following employee feedback. They also offer a unique opportunity for sharing experiences with people from all over the world. Courses are delivered in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Key in-class programs

Some 2016 highlights included:

  • People Leaders Development Program (PLDP) 
    Over the course of 2016, more than 388 employees took part in this highly-regarded and successful program for a total of 11, 171 hours of training. The PLDP focuses on developing competencies in personal, team and organizational leadership. Sessions were held in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East.
  • Project Management Development Program (PMDP) 
    This program strengthens our project managers’ execution and delivery capabilities as well as promotes best practices across our organization. It also helps project managers obtain George Washington Certified Project Manager (GWCPM) certification, as well as PMP® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • In 2016, 206 employees were trained in 33 different sessions for a total of 8,242 hours of training and we were pleased to welcome another 46 PMDP graduates.
  • Business Development and Sales Excellence Program 
  • This program develops the foundational skills required to excel in business development and build strong client relationships. In 2016, 22 employees graduated from this two-day program following a total of 330 hours of training. 
  • Senior Management Potential Program
    This program provides a week-long focus on personal mastery and professional development. Employees learn from scholars and external consultants in leadership, health management, resilience and diversity as well as engaging in rich conversations with executives. In 2016, 27 employees graduated from this five-day program following a total of 1,215 hours of training.

Learning Management System: Online learning

Through our Learning Management System (LMS), more than 20,400 employees worldwide had access to an online library of 5,400 courses in 2016. Some 8,900 training hours were delivered.  Also in 2016, the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct’s annual certification was rolled out for the first time using the LMS platform, which greatly facilitated certification deployment and tracking compared to previous years. 

New in 2016

Thanks to our partnership with CrossKnowledge, we were able to add three new online project management courses in the LMS. The courses are recognized by the PMI and developed by professors from top business schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and HEC in Montreal. Each course takes 20 hours to complete.

  • Managing People in a Project
    This course helps employees understand the project manager’s role and how to manage the project team and other stakeholders involved in the project.
  • Managing Yourself in a Project
    This course teaches employees how to communicate effectively, manage difficult situations and build on their personal management skills.
  • Selling a Project
    Through this course, employees learn how to analyze context and stakeholders, develop a communications strategy and be more assertive and persuasive.