Grant Thorton starts an internal “executive education”

According to a study, conducted in 2021, at the Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE), almost a quarter of graduates from business and engineering schools are selected to join the ranking of companies in the sector. The ace! The reality is less clear and “these professions are less attractive for the younger generation”, as observed by Robert Dambo, president of Grant Thornton in France since 2019.

To “stop this mechanism”, in the words of its leader, the company – which has 2,000 employees and has more than 210 million euros in turnover in France – has made significant investments in the area. human resources and to develop the skills of members of its groups. An envelope, its value is immeasurable, but it promises a great look at the ambition shown.

Continuing education

“The purpose is to exit the highway to open up new avenues”, concluded Robert Dambo, noting that clearing the land will not prevent the group’s exploitation of historic or new properties. That is a global network and a diversification in the field of expertise that is well underway.

The culmination of this strategy is a master’s academy that puts things on track in a form reminiscent of the excellence model of unstoppable “executive education” players, or continuing education for managers and executives. The goal is for an initial promotion to be launched next October, knowing that new cohorts “of 40 to 50 employees” should quickly follow, Robert Dambo determined. To complete the various training courses provided within this framework, Grant Thornton designed a diploma program with Essec.

Digital disruption

An initiative of such a scale is justified by the many challenges at stake in the audit and consulting professions, in the front line of the front line of business support, both in terms of digital turmoil and migration. in ecology. . “We have a duty to keep our employees awake and open to the world,” emphasized Robert Dambo, who also seeks to put Grant Thornton on “all lines of the market, to address all the complexities faced by client. ”Thus a proactive approach favors multidisciplinarity that“ serves the audit activity, such as consulting ”, according to the manager, and that aims“ at the highest level of competition ”.

We have a duty to keep our employees awake and open to the mood.

Robert Dambo, President of Grant Thornton

To build and manage this project, which is set to grow (“we will learn as we go”, says Robert Dambo), the dedicated team relies on a management committee composed of specific directors of human resources, training and various professions. “The aim of the Master Academy is to make members of our teams‘ more collaborators ’and to strengthen their ability to be actors of social change, while allowing us to offer pathways in a career that attracts and builds loyalty ”, explained, for her part, Agnès de Ribet, co -founder of marketing, communications and business development.

Focus on CSR

However, the purpose is broader, as Robert Dambo points out, who sees this as a way to contribute to “strengthening Grant Thornton’s overall ecosystem, and even the sector”. In particular by emphasizing CSR, which “requires a tree structure, to make things happen to customers”.

Convinced that social and societal commitment is no longer an option, nor an element embellished from the show, Grant Thornton France president insisted that “our role is more than an economic player”. “Our ability to create value does not depend solely on financial factors. For this reason, we are committed to strengthening our commitment to sustainable growth, to be a catalyst for change in organizations,” he said.

Among other illustrations in this roadmap, a benevolence charter was recently implemented by Grant Thornton France. Signed to unite the community of company partners, it encompasses a series of commitments in the field of ethics and interpersonal interactions. It is enough to embody a leadership model that “goes in the right direction, and agrees with the aspirations of everyone, including the representatives of the new generation”, concludes Robert Dambo.

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