"Training doesn't always happen in the classroom. We visited the LHT Tower in Central, Chinachem's The Lily residential development [in Repulse Bay], and we even went to Lamma Island to see CLP Power's windmills," says Natalie Chan, assistant management surveyor in property management, who joined in July as a management trainee.
Six of the 13 trainees who will join the company's 500 professionals in 2012 will be allocated to the property management business, as Jones Lang LaSalle is building a talent pipeline for their fast-growing China operations.
"Hong Kong, being part of Greater China, is a 'breeding ground' for our China offices. The managing directors of Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Macau, Guangzhou and Chongqing offices are all from Hong Kong," says Elsie Hui, human resources director for North Asia at Jones Lang LaSalle.
The company is confident that business will also continue to grow in Hong Kong next year, with a good pipeline of projects - and by gaining market share.
Fresh hires go through an induction carried out by human resources and the business line. The week-long orientation introduces the trainees to the company's history, cultural values and departments. Support is offered by coaches and mentors, and a group of graduate trainee alumni.
The trainees are urged to take ownership of their learning. "Every year, I work with them on what they want to learn," Hui says.
Learning is through a variety of activities, such as classroom training on technical and business skills - even "dress for success" classes. In addition, senior leaders are invited to deliver a case sharing. "[At these events] people show genuine interest in each other. We