TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

The functional competencies within the Competency Framework were recently reviewed in 2020. This ensures that functional competencies reflect current business needs and helps to raise our employees’ learning and development capacity, yielding a capable and more agile workforce.

All employees must attend the CDL Onboarding Programme, which aims to induct and integrate new hires into the organisational culture.

Training Hours and Investments

Talent development is key in retaining and attracting top talent and growing a skilled workforce. In 2021, CDL invested over $480,000 into training and development for our Corporate Office staff, with over 14,000 training hours clocked. An average of five training days per staff was achieved.

To engage and empower internal stakeholders with knowledge to support corporate advocacy efforts for a “Safe and Green” culture, CDL provides sustainability-related training through EHS training and awareness programmes. The CDL360 Sustainability 101 Series was launched in 2021 to create greater awareness and understanding of the company’s green initiatives and how to adopt more sustainable practices at home. Staff are also encouraged to attend relevant external conferences and workshops to strengthen their sustainability knowledge and EHS management skills. This includes a mandatory annual refresher of sustainability-related policies every year, including CDL’s Corporate EHS Policy and CDL’s Biodiversity Policy etc. In 2021, 100% of CDL’s employees received sustainability-related training.

To continue to build up human capital and engage our employees during WFH measures, CDL launched several company-wide online training programmes. Throughout the year, these online workshops included project management, big data and data analytics, sustainability, occupational health and safety, mindfulness, and the cultivation of healthy lifestyles.

Employee Training Hours

Employee Type No. of Employees Total Training Hours Average Training Hours/Employee
Female 281 9,324 33.2
Male 127 5,089 40.0
Manager 264 11,284 42.7
Non-Manager 144 3,129 21.7

Leadership Development and Succession Planning

Through the structured CDL Leadership Programme, we develop high-potential employees by sharpening their leadership and management skills to enable them to become more effective leaders.

To help our staff achieve personal development and career growth, CDL implements a well-designed job rotation programme to enhance employees’ competencies, as well as to increase job satisfaction through job variation. Structured talent deployment within CDL is part of HR planning, and it plays a major role in the following areas:

  1. a. Career Development

    By providing employees with exposure to the various business operations or by expanding their skills and knowledge, employees can build both breadth and depth of experience and learning. Hence, maximising their potential and enabling them to be more well-rounded in their careers in CDL.

  2. b. Talent Retention

    Developing a robust talent pool is crucial to strengthening CDL’s position as a leading property developer. Leadership and functional training programmes are organised annually to broaden skill sets, enhance engagement and ensure a productive talent pool.

Management Trainee Programme

The 18-month Management Trainee Programme provides opportunities for promising young graduates to learn about CDL’s various departments and operations, through a series of rotations at departments, with the potential for further leadership roles in the organisation. The programme structure also allows Management Trainees to participate in additional special projects or overseas assignments to enhance their career development.

Education Sponsorships and Scholarships

CDL sponsors part-time courses relevant to the employee’s work, conducted locally by recognised institutions and universities. In 2021, we sponsored two employees for a Master’s degree and one employee for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Internships

CDL partners with local tertiary education institutions to offer internship opportunities for students interested in the property industry. In 2021, there were 16 interns assigned to various departments in CDL.