A group of Specsavers store team members have completed the Pathway leadership program, marking a new chapter in their professional development.
The Pathway program is designed to pave the way to joint venture partnership for Specsavers store managers, supervisors and experienced optometrists who aspire to lead their own stores.
Through four modules delivered over a seven-month period, program participants are given additional insight into the Specsavers culture and brand; learn critical leadership skills, such as how to manage teams, improve performance and drive service excellence; and gain the knowledge and tools needed to become effective and influential leaders.
Pathway intakes occur on a tri-annual basis and a function is held each year to celebrate the program’s graduates. The 2017 function was held on 12 May at the glamorous venue Mon Bijou in Melbourne’s CBD, with 38 Pathway participants in attendance – 14 of whom have already become joint venture partners.
Raj Sundarjee, Head of Professional Recruitment for Australia and New Zealand, kicked off the night with a speech commending the graduates’ achievements.
“Tonight is all about you – the future leaders of our business. You should all be extremely proud of your journey and key achievements. We look forward to seeing you go from strength to strength in your future Specsavers careers.”
ANZ Managing Director Nigel Parker and members of the Retail Support Team were also present to hand the graduates their certificates and congratulate them in person.
Once the formalities concluded, attendees celebrated late into the night with drinks and canapés, with many taking happy snaps with their peers and the Pathway Faculty at a photo booth specially set up for the occasion.