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Training and development

Having a firm conviction in continuous evolution, Essar Steel is unequivocally committed to building a learning organisation. It strongly advocates learning at all levels within the organisation and takes it to be a continuous process. At Essar Steel, we not only equip you with skills for fulfilling your existing role, we also invest in your future by imparting a higher order skill-set and preparing you for greater participation in meeting organisational goals in enhanced roles at higher positions.
The focus areas of our training programs are behavioural, technical, functional, and leadership and managerial. The company provides employees with on-the-job and action learning assignments to help hone their inherent as well as acquired capabilities. On-the-job learning may be in the form of executing, experiencing, observing, receiving feedback, coaching and mentoring.

Performance management
Every employee at Essar Steel undergoes a performance management process wherein key performance areas, identified at the start of the year, become the parameters for reviewing employee performance. At the outset, the employee's learning needs are identified and accordingly an individual learning plan is chalked out for that employee and integrated with the company's overall training calendar. Mid-year review and appraisal provides the employee feedback and advice on how to build  upon his existing strengths, and improve himself  in identified areas. High-performance and high-potential employees are identified for a fast-track programme, and rewarded with top-of-the-market compensation, retention bonuses and specialised training.

To cultivate the leadership acumen of employees across levels, Essar Steel has invested in comprehensive cadre building programmes such as the Business Leadership Program, the Global Leadership Program and the Graduate Executive Program.

Talent management
The Essar Group runs the following talent management and engagement programs:
 bullet_essar.gif Executive development review: This is a mid-year developmental discussion where the supervisor works with the employee to understand aspirations, identify training needs and define a developmental roadmap. It helps identify the employee potential and undertake succession planning for key posts.
 bullet_essar.gif Key account talent management: High-performance and high-potential employees are offered select programmes to accelerate career progression through a planned sequence of roles.
 bullet_essar.gif Employee engagement: As an employer of choice, Essar Steel offers a high engagement environment where engaging employees is the preferred leadership style. It uses the Hewitt Model of Engagement, with six drivers of engagement — people, total rewards, company practices, work, opportunities and quality of life — to drive structured initiatives on employee engagement. For all its employees, the Essar Steel offers the following unique learning opportunities:
 bullet_essar.gif Learning hour: It is a monthly platform for interaction on an intellectual plane — for dialogue, debate and discussion — on international affairs, current events, trends in business and best practices. Distinguished speakers from diverse fields such as business, sports, entertainment and the like are invited to share their unique experiences and perspectives.
 bullet_essar.gif Learning tree: The Essar Steel library, is an initiative to cultivate the habit of reading and sharing knowledge among the Essarites. The aim is to equip them with cutting edge knowledge and getting them acquainted with the best practices.
 bullet_essar.gif Essar Corporate University: This is a virtual learning organisation comprising a series of education enrichment initiatives, which focus on employee career advancement. The university provides holistic learning by building job-related competencies promoting professional growth through continuing education opportunities.
 bullet_essar.gif Essar Learning Centre: Located at Hazira, it caters to the training requirements of Essar Steel's human capital. The centre also interacts with educational institutes across India to acquire talent for the organisation. Essar Steel has tie-ups with the best institutes of the country such as IIM-A, SVNIT and the like to support employees who desire to continue their education.
 bullet_essar.gif Gurukul: Essar's Online Learning Management System, it sets the ambience for enhancing intellectual capability and upgrading the existing competencies of employees. Known as LearnTrak, it is the best-of-breed learning management system as it uses a robust technology. LearnTrak enables people to plan and execute their learning needs in an interactive and engaging learning environment, at their own pace and convenience.

Coaching and mentoring

Essar Steel works towards making every manager a leader. Imparting coaching and mentoring is leadership in action. Every employee is entitled to receive coaching and mentoring from his immediate supervisor, who is well-versed with various coaching and mentoring techniques/resources given in the Essar book of coaching and mentoring. Coaching and mentoring summits are held where the Essar Steel coaches and mentors come together to laud and learn from success across businesses and locations. Also, all Essar Steel managers attend performance coaching workshops.

Essar managers undergo a 6-9 month certification program and the outstanding ones are awarded the prestigious Essar Starfish Award.


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