GCA is proud to announce the opening of nominations for the third
annual GCA Awards. Winners in the categories of Best Company, Best GLO,
Best Participant, and Best Region will be judged from among those
nominated. Anyone may be nominated, and anyone may submit a nomination.
The award for Best Region will be awarded to the region that has most
excelled in their learning and development perspective during the year.
2008 was the first year that this award was introduced, and the honour
was awarded to the Asia Pacific region, received by Christer Sjodoff,
Vice President, GAC Solutions in his former role as Regional Director
The award for GLO of the year will be presented to the GCA Liaison
Officer who has made themselves an indispensable, undeniable source of
expertise as they have served as a bridge between GCA and the rest of
the GAC world. Moly George, HR & Admin Supervisor, GAC Qatar, was
given the award in 2008, and Ramachandran Nair, Manager of Quality
Development, GAC Oman won the first award given in 2007.
The award for best participant in a GCA course will be given to one
GAC participant whose outstanding course contributions, team
participation, and overall grades will represent the zenith of what can
be achieved when dedication meets facilitation on the GCA Learning
Management System. Yorgo Bejjani, Business Development Manager, GAC
Lebanon, won the award in 2008, and in 2007 the award was presented to
Jean Richmond, Group Insurance Administrator, GAC Headquarters, Dubai.
The award for Best GCA Company will be awarded to a GAC Operating
Company who has shown strong participation, the highest participant
GPA's, and the most dedication to ongoing employee development. GAC
Qatar was honoured with the award in 2008, and GAC Singapore in 2007.
Results will be announced in the December newsletter, and the awards
ceremony will take place in the final GCA Governance Board Meeting in
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CM Profile: Ivo Verheyen, MD of GAC Singapore
"In this business climate, staying competitive is the key to sustainability.
At GAC Singapore, we believe in keeping our staff motivated and
satisfied by providing them with good training that not only addresses
their knowledge gaps, but also enhances and reinforces their current
knowledge on the job..."
GCA adds value to us by providing courses that directly meet our
operations needs and also provides the opportunity for our staff to
connect and network with other staff at different offices. And because
GCA trainings are developed specifically to meet the needs of GAC staff
in their respective areas, it helps to foster better customer service
and good work practices for the participants.
Having an online training portal allows us to offer a wide range of
professional development programs that are directly relevant to our
operations. GCA has also been able to offer the flexibility of our staff
being able to tune in to these trainings at the time of the day that is
most convenience to them. This is especially convenient taken into the
consideration the nature of the work of our colleagues in the operations
sector. This has resulted in staff gaining the training that is
essential to keep them up-to-date in the developments of the industry
with minimal disruption to their daily work schedule.
Catherine Leach joins the GCA facilitation team
Catherine's professional background is in law, and she received her
legal training in France and in the UK, where she was admitted as a
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
Catherine has worked in the field of law as well as the field of
relief, for the United Nations World Food Programme as a senior
administrator for the Aceh Relief Program. Catherine is not only fluent
in French, but also a Certified English Language Teacher to Adults
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GAC as a multi-national company has its strength and the luxury to
have expertise and talent around the world; we should capitalize this
unique resource of ours to bring the company to a greater height of our
goal. Furthermore, a company that promotes continuous learning and
development will attract talent to join the company and at the same time
retain talented staff within the organization as one will feel good and
proud to work in such an organization.
The G2G concept of life through connectivism and social
constructivist learning will facilitate the sharing of best practices
between companies in the most informal and yet the effective way. This
is because when people become acquainted through coursework/ training,
they will be more willing to share amongst themselves their work
experiences and encounters with them.
Through this sharing of information from these informal sessions,
both participants will come to recognize and select the best practices
of the others to be implemented in their area of work. And all these
arise out of their personal free-will and judgment and this will
indirectly help to foster a community of professional practice which
will definitely help to improve our business growth.
We are creating, or rather, developing a team culture which is
important in this modern business environment. We all come from
different background and all walks of life, but through GCA, staff are
able to demonstrate trust, support and respect towards team members and
also share experiences and knowledge with team members. Sharing best
practices within the organization helps reduce cost, as less time is
wasted due to trial and error, mistakes are minimized and manpower is
more efficiently used. A team is also able to give constructive feedback
When staff has a clear understanding of the company's corporate level
strategy, this enables them to set clear objectives of how they can
play a part in contributing to the growth of the company and to achieve
them with enthusiasm.
Bjorn Brody, Group HSSE Manager on "Why HSSE?"
The GAC Corporate Academy is currently in the development stage of an
HSSE course tailored to GAC's needs, with the expert input of Bjorn
Brody, GAC Group HSSE Manager. Bjorn talks about why, how HSSE is
important to the Group, and what benefits GAC People can take from the
"Communicating, promoting, and complying with the group's HSSE policy
is every employee's responsibility regardless of rank or location. The
policy is there for all including our clients and suppliers. HSSE is
also an important part of our Management System GAC Time, in which all
HSSE initiatives are measured and recorded.
A well established HSSE policy with supporting procedures is of
outmost importance to both GAC and our principals. GAC is a service
provider with our main asset being our employees, therefore we must
ensure that all within the GAC group can work in a healthy, safe and
secure environment. Failure to comply or continually improve the group's
HSSE standards can be very costly both in terms of money and or in
worst case the loss of life.
All GAC companies have at least one appointed HSSE representative and
the intention is that these shall be the first to participate on the
training course and then to continue with colleagues as recommended by
the HSSE representatives. To show the group's strong commitment to HSSE,
both senior and local GAC Managers will be expected to participate.
GAC's aim is to limit the carbon footprint our business has on the
environment and nothing could display our commitment to the environment
better than the Chairman's award and the achievements being reached by
the constant initiatives brought forward throughout the group.
The intention is that participants taking the HSSE course shall
enhance their knowledge on GAC's views, policies and continues work on
HSSE as well as to be able to identify the HSSE awareness throughout
his/her organization including areas for improvement and also to be able
to promote the importance of HSSE to both clients and suppliers.
Again GAC's foremost concern is to provide employees and stakeholders
with a healthy, safe, secure working environment limiting the carbon
footprint our business activities leave on the planet. The HSSE training
course will be a great tool for reaching these objectives. In addition
we will be able to display to both old and new clients that our
employees are continuously being updated on HSSE which will provide us
with a competitive edge within the fields that we are active."
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GAC Pakistan's Fresh Marketing Initiatives
GAC Pakistan has taken refreshing initiative in promoting GCA to its
staff, and as a result is gaining a reputation for itself and the GAC
Ronnie Knowles, CM of GAC Pakistan, and Sheeraz Ahmed,
HR Manager and GLO, GAC Pakistan talk about their objectives, their
dedication to training, how GAC Pakistan is benefitting from a renewed
focus on their human assets.
Training and development has been the primary objective of GAC
Pakistan. We intend to have trained and motivated staff, and as a
result, a majority of our staff has shown keen interest in courses.
During appraisal we highlighted our training needs, and to facilitate
meeting them, we downloaded some local training details, some GCA
details on the Intranet, and some information from the GCA web site.
We have made a learning facility, equipped with 3 computers with fast
internet, where participants can focus on their online courses in a
peaceful environment. We have also put our focus on promoting GCA as
well, for which we have done lot of GCA Branding and Marketing Activity
within GAC Pakistan to highlight upcoming courses.
In business, training plays an important role, and when we had
Balanced Score Card through GCA, we worked out our GAC TIME KPIs through
that. That’s all purely done by the team within GAC Pakistan. Also,
knowledge gains are being made through our staff taking part in the IGW
and LGW courses.
There is a level of interest from the staff that comes from knowing
that no other shipping company in Pakistan is providing such level of
services for the training of their staff. On top of that, GAC is
gaining a reputation of being a preferred employer due to type of
investment GAC makes in their employees.
Ronnie Knowles, CM of GAC Pakistan
Sheeraz Ahmed, HR Manager and GLO, GAC Pakistan
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