S A Partners and BAE SYSTEMS support BRITISH JUDO in their winning ambitions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Members of the British Judo Association have been honing their teamwork skills and improvement capability with S A Partners & BAE Systems at Portsmouth Naval Base.

They came to see how the industry continually improves and to see how this relates to running a world class performance programme for athletes

They spent two days at the company’s Change Academy, which provides in-house training and support to around 3,500 employees in its Maritime Services business on how to work more effectively.

It’s the first time an external organisation has used the Change Academy, with 22 members of British Judo’s performance team taking part which included doctors, coaches and athletes.

As well as classroom time they were also given the opportunity to see first-hand the work BAE Systems’ teams do at Portsmouth Naval Base, including supporting HMS Queen Elizabeth, the nation’s new aircraft carrier.

The teams used Stickle Brick exercises to focus on improvement techniques and leadership and exercises that helped them gain clarity on their strategy, how to focus improvement ideas to strategy and how to build their team dynamic.

Athlete Lubjana Piovesana, 21, is about to compete in the qualifying rounds for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and attended the day.

She said: “I really enjoyed the game where teams had to make a boat out of Stickle Bricks in just 15 seconds, and had three chances to do it. Both teams started out feeling very stressed but then improved each time because they started communicating better with each other.”

Our Partner and Aerospace and Defence sector lead Robin Jaques said,  ‘It was really rewarding helping British Judo, a committed and focused group of high performers, see how to get more out their organisation using techniques from BAE’s academy curriculum’

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S A Partners have been successfully serving the Aerospace and Defence sector with Robin Jaques as sector head for many years.

We’ve been working with BAE SYSTEMS Maritime Services for 4 years helping them develop their change academy so they can extend their continuous improvement capabilities throughout the organisation, by focusing on more systematic, sustainable improvement and the leadership thinking and behaviour that encourages it. The academy offers teams within the business a range of leadership and improvement courses all backed up by workplace support to enable learners to apply their new skills in the workplace effectively, building competence and confidence. Qualifications are offered through Cardiff Universities LCS scheme based on workplace application and benefits cases

As part of the Aerospace and Defence calendar, S A Partners will also be attending the Farnborough International Air show this coming July, with Robin Jaques and our own Prof. Peter Hines, who will be speaking at the event about Creating a Culture of Excellence that underpins sustained productivity growth.