In partnership with IFMR Graduate School of Business (IFMR GSB) at Krea University, WayCool Foods, an agri-commerce company, has launched a leadership-development programme for its employees, wherein the Company has given the opportunity to a selected bunch of people who have come through a rigorous assessment process to develop leadership capabilities in the uncharted agri-commerce industry. WayCool has named this programme LEAP — short for Learn, Emerge, Accelerate and Progress. The Company claims that it will be a one-of-its-kind programme, which will not only do good to the Company, but the industry as a whole.
The LEAP programme will be a one-year long certification programme. The design of the LEAP programme at WayCool has three dimensions to it. It includes academic knowledge, on-the-job learning and mentorship. The academic modules for the programme have been designed by the faculty at IFMR GSB, at Krea University. The academic interface of the programme will also include interaction with industry experts and hands-on experience with different departments at WayCool working on flagship projects. The mentorship programme under LEAP will directly come under the leadership team at WayCool, that has immense experience in the industry.
“We have invested in massive capacity building over the last six years. On the capability front, we have doubled our human resources strength in the last one year, to 2000. As we continue to expand our reach and operations, talent needs to grow continuously. Agri-commerce, unlike any other sector, is very complex and demands specific skill sets and capabilities. With this partnership with Krea, we aim to not just breed future leaders for WayCool alone, but, for the industry as a whole,” shares Lakshmipriya Somasundaram, head-HR, Waycool Foods.
The maiden batch for the LEAP programme started in the first week of August.
“Working closely with the practising leaders at WayCool, the highly-experienced IFMR GSB faculty members have curated a unique programme that addresses the specific needs of the emerging leaders in the agri-commerce sector. The programme will be delivered using multi-modal learning (online and on-premise) coupled with experiential learning through the application of concepts on the job, working closely with managers and mentors at WayCool,” Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, pro vice-chancellor, professional learning, Krea University.