The ÅF Academy
The ÅF Academy is ÅF’s own training facility which provides support for the ÅF career paths and the development of the consultant’s role. This includes comprehensive foundation courses for new consultants as well as highly specialised advanced courses and training tailored to individual requirements, all of which are firmly founded on ÅF’s views on business acumen and entrepreneurial skills. The curriculum includes courses in leadership skills, rethoric, presentation skills, project management, sales training and commercial skills.
ÅF’s Business Executive Leadership Programme is a joint venture with IFL Executive Education that is aimed at senior managers within the ÅF Group. Training is spread over a 12-month period during which participants gain a deeper insight into the long-term forces that drive the industry internationally. Among the topics covered are strategic planning, international leadership and communication skills.
Career paths at ÅF: Project Manager, Specialist/Expert and Manager
ÅF has identified three distinct career paths within the company: as project manager, specialist/expert and manager. Within each of these pathways there are various levels and stages. The career paths provide support for setting individual targets and action plans, not least as part of the annual personal development interviews between a manager and his or her co-workers. In practice, there may be far more development routes than these: co-workers can, for example, switch between roles within the company, acting either as project leader or specialist depending on the circumstances.