In October 2016, the Busy Bees Talent Exchange Programme (TEP) was launched and 9 colleagues from Busy Bees Asia travelled from Singapore and Malaysia to spend 4 weeks in the UK. During the 4 weeks, staff from Busy Bees Asia could explore and share practice on an international level. This opportunity brought to life the long held and shared desire of Marg Randles, Chief Academic Officer, and June Rusden, MD Busy Bees Asia, to offer Busy Bees employees the unique opportunity to travel and gain personal and professional experiences while enhancing the education and care provision for our children.
Today this unique opportunity continues and 10 staff from Busy Bees in the UK are currently engaged in the 2017 Talent Exchange. On Saturday 25th October, 9 staff from Busy Bees Nurseries across the UK and 1 colleague from our National Support Centre arrived in Singapore where they will spend 3 weeks working alongside international Busy Bees colleagues. A detailed itinerary for the exchange has been designed; this includes time within our Busy Bees Asia Head Office to explore curriculum design, licencing and regulations of the host countries and compliance matters. Extensive time to explore provision within placement centres in Singapore is provided as well as the opportunity to visit different nurseries in Singapore and Malaysia. All of our participants will complete a study project, which will support their sharing of practice when they return to the UK. There is also time to experience the sights and sounds of Singapore and all that this vibrant and diverse country has to offer. This is both a professional and personal opportunity for all those involved and a short trip to Kuala Lumpur extends the cultural and learning experience even further.
The talent exchange program is structured to provide our employees with the valuable opportunity to gain global exposure in their respective fields of expertise. This program aims to give our employees hands-on and pragmatic experience, as well as exposing our talents to international best practices and different working cultures.
To support the sharing of practice and experiences upon return to the UK, all participants are required to complete a project while abroad to be shared upon their return.
The TEP also aims to:
Enhance employees’ professional development by exposing them to different working environment in another cultural context, creating and promoting development opportunities.
Strengthen organisational effectiveness by providing opportunities for employees to share and apply what they have learnt during the exchange.
Develop an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, as well as broaden their outlook and approach towards the early childhood industry.
Give recognition to employees with outstanding performance.
The participants involved were recruited from a company wide application process which ensured that we are able to recognise the talented and dedicated members of our teams who are a credit to the Early Years Profession. We are proud to have such dedicated and talented individuals within our Busy Bees family, and we are delighted to be able to offer such an opportunity within our company.
The TEP group of 2017 met for the first time at Heathrow Airport to begin their adventure. While abroad, they will also meet participants from our 2016 programme. I am sure that you will all agree that this is a valuable and exciting opportunity to experience, share and learn from Early Years practice on an International level. If you would like to follow the experiences of the group, please follow the Busy Bees Asia blog; where participants will share their learning, on professional and personal levels.
Alternatively keep your eye out for our Busy Bees social media updates where the TEP experiences will also be shared