Focus on: Nine Feet Tall Change Consultancy
The beauty and culture of Bath attracts some of the UK’s very brightest minds to study in its excellent Universities, and many of these students want to stay on to begin their fledgling careers.
Nine Feet Tall, a Bath-based business transformation and change consultancy, has helped some graduates do just this, by creating a graduate development programme in partnership with the University of Bath’s Careers Service.
The programme – called “NineStart” - offers an innovative two year training programme that includes at least 40 days of tailored formal training, as well as offering at least 200 days of hands-on client experience, working with prestigious blue chip and regional clients on a range of complex change projects (clients include Aon, Tesco Direct, Bath Rugby, Thomson Reuters and the National Trust). The firm has taken on 9 graduates since the programme first started.
Aileen Davis, who has been with the company since 2011 having joined directly from the University of Bath following completion of her Master’s degree in Business with Marketing, says, “There is a widespread expectation that you need to go to London to acquire the right experience. It’s been great to buck the trend and be able to work from Bath. Nine Feet Tall has given me rapid exposure to the in-house expertise and the calibre of clients you would expect from a one of the big-5 management consultancies”.
Nine Feet Tall’s commitment to its graduate training programme, and to other business strands such as the 9plus training programme (which gives organisations the skills and confidence to manage change internally), signals a clear intention to grow.
“We are definitely looking at our growth strategy right now”, says Esther McMorris, Managing Director at Nine Feet Tall. “Our graduate training programme is really important because it helps us develop talent in a way that suits our company ethos. I think more local companies could benefit from creating similar schemes in partnership with local education providers.”