To ensure retention of overseas personnel hired to address skill shortages, Balfour Beatty, a large UK construction company, set up buddy based mentoring programme for new overseas hires in 2003. The programme: 1) Assigned a buddy to each new hire and opened personal bank accounts; 2) Placed each new hire on a cultural awareness course before the new hire arrived in the UK; 3) Had both the new hire and the buddy participate in joint cultural awareness training sessions; 4) Placed the buddy and n...

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9.4.3 Deliver education and training
9.4.4 Develop & manage employee orientation programs
9.10.1 Retain human capital
15.4.2 Employee development & training

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