Empowering our people
Empowering our people
GHD's employee owned status is a powerful point of differentiation and helps drive our passion and accountability in how we serve our clients, deliver projects, and pursue new opportunities.
Our employee numbers have grown by more than 11 percent in FY2018, with more than 2500 people joining our business globally. In line with our workforce renewal targets, we also achieved a record for graduate recruitment, with 475 people accepting graduate roles globally. The percentage of female graduates, as a proportion of total graduates, has also increased steadily over the past seven years.
Importantly, this growth has been matched by strong employee engagement levels at 76 percent, up 6 percent from the previous engagement survey and also above the global IBM benchmark of 73 percent. These figures show that GHD is a place for aspiring people to thrive, achieve their career goals, and make a lasting impact.
Embracing diversity of thought, background and experience helps us develop imaginative and responsive solutions for our clients that create lasting community benefit.
GHD’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion also includes a number of different region-specific initiatives around the world.
During 2018, we hosted more than 300 GHD people at technical conferences around the world, where global representatives of technical communities of practice came together to exchange best practices across our wide range of services. These included:
- Connecting GHD’s Approach to Project Management, Construction, Risk and Buildings, February 2018, Vancouver, Canada
- Accelerating our transformation – Leveraging Data and Modelling in our built environment, June 2018, Brisbane, Australia
- Innovative transportation in a technology driven world, September 2018, Auckland, New Zealand
- Build to last: innovative infrastructure, November 2018, Perth, Australia
This unique professional development model is delivered through a series of technical conferences that foster a connected global network, imaginative thinking as well as ensure GHD is closer to our goal of being a leader in client service excellence.
Leadership training and development
Our model of Principals and Associates makes us attractive to people who want to be invested career-wise, financially and emotionally in the business, be accountable for their performance and inspire excellence in others.
Our approach to career planning at GHD encourages the development of a portfolio of skills and experiences, providing the capability for a variety of future roles. GHD works globally to one-team mindset and a change agile organisational culture that aims to unleash the energy of each of our employees,
Learning and development at GHD encompasses a wide range of activities designed to improve the following four areas of business capability:
- Leadership and management development
- Technical capability and project delivery skills
- Clients and business development skills
- Safety and project systems compliance