The first cohort of FMF CB’s Project Leader Essential course graduated

Gabrielle Brunette
Communications Coordinator Student, FMF CS

June 2 marked the first cohort of people from Fleet Maintenance Facility to graduate from the Project Leader Essential course since it was given an official course code and certificate in March.

The Project Leader Essential Course was developed in-house at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton (FMF CB) by Joseph Lobo, Waterfront Manager. 

“The main reason for the development of the course was to ensure that FMF CB personnel were provided a career path into the Operations Department,” he said.

The course is part of FMF CB’s larger Succession Development Plan (SDP), which was designed to support the career growth and progression of employees while also ensuring proper guidelines are in place for career progression within the Service Delivery Department.

“The training aligns with the Government of Canada’s six Key Leadership Competencies and particularize for different roles within FMF CB,” Lobo said.

The SDP has provided FMF CB with the capability to train and hire from within the facility. It also allows employees and managers to create a personalized training plan that aligns with future career goals.

“For example, if a Production employee is interested in becoming part of the Operations Team, the SDP Guide will show which path the employee must take to achieve their goals,” Lobo explained.

From there, employees must meet all the required skills to progress along their career development plan.

Lobo has offered an informal version of the course since 2017, which has evolved and expanded over the last six years. As the Operations department grew, so did curiosity about the various roles and responsibilities within the department.

“I was inundated yearly requests to take the course,” he said.

Shane McClymont, Dale Sklapsky, and Allison Verley were all part of the inaugural course and were presented with the course certificate by Commander (Cdr) Iain Meredith, FMF CB Operations Manager.

All employees who have completed the course in the past will also receive a course certificate.

For those interested in learning more about the Project Leader Essential course, it is now listed in the Executive Leadership Development Programs (LDP) training catalogue. The system is open to all FMF CB personnel meeting the minimum requirements per their development plan.

Allison Verley receives certificate from Commander (Cdr) Iain Meredith, FMF CB Operations Manager

Dale Sklapsky receives certificate from Commander (Cdr) Iain Meredith, FMF CB Operations Manager

Shane McClymont receives certificate from Commander (Cdr) Iain Meredith, FMF CB Operations Manager

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