Career Progression Framework

A "Career Progression Framework" is a structured approach that organisations use to guide the professional development and career growth of their employees. It outlines the various roles and levels within the organisation, the skills and competencies required for each, and the pathways employees can take to advance their careers. Here's a detailed breakdown of what a typical career progression framework might include:

  1. Role Definitions:

    • Clear descriptions of each role within the organisation.

    • Key responsibilities and expectations for each position.

    • Required qualifications, skills, and experience.

  2. Career Pathways:

    • Visual maps or charts showing potential career paths within the organisation.

    • Lateral (horizontal) and vertical (upward) movements between roles.

    • Alternative pathways for different specialisations or departments.

  3. Competency Models:

    • Detailed lists of competencies (skills, behaviours, and attributes) needed for success at each level.

    • Core competencies required across all roles and additional competencies specific to certain roles or departments.

  4. Performance Metrics:

    • Criteria for evaluating employee performance and readiness for advancement.

    • Standardised performance review processes and tools.

  5. Learning and Development:

    • Training programmes, workshops, and courses available to help employees develop necessary skills.

    • Mentoring and coaching opportunities.

    • Access to resources like e-learning platforms, seminars, and conferences.

  6. Promotion Criteria:

    • Clear guidelines on what is needed to advance to the next level or role.

    • Objective and transparent criteria for promotions and role changes.

    • Timeline expectations for typical career progression.

  7. Rewards and Recognition:

    • Systems for recognising and rewarding employee achievements and milestones.

    • Alignment of compensation, benefits, and incentives with career progression milestones.

  8. Support and Resources:

    • Tools and resources to assist employees in their career development, such as career counselling services and personalised development plans.

    • Platforms for feedback and continuous improvement of the framework.

  9. Diversity and Inclusion:

    • Ensuring equal opportunities for career advancement for all employees.

    • Addressing potential biases in promotion and development practices.

A well-implemented career progression framework helps employees understand how they can grow within the organisation, what is expected of them at each stage, and how they can achieve their career goals. For employers, it aids in talent management, retention, and aligning individual career aspirations with organisational objectives.

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