THE AP ACADEMY was established in 2015 with the objective of improving the quality and standard of the company’s staff of 1,960 under the motto "AP Way and AP Standard," said Vittakarn Chandavimolat, chief of the company’s corporate strategy and creation department in an interview with The Nation.
Up to 69 per cent of its staff are millennials born between 1982 and 2004, 30 per cent generation x (1961-1981), with generation B (1945-1960) making up the balance of 1 per cent.
The academy provides a venue for staff of different generations to share and merge their experience and ways for the best approach to sustainable growth. An AP Property school was also set up to familiarise our staff with the latest technologies and innovations in the sector, he said.
The AP Open House was inaugurated in 2016, offering university students an opportunity to learn about the property business through training. A total of 110 attended the course in its three years of operation: 30 each in 2016 and 2017, followed by 50 this year.
Its programme not only focuses on the engineering and management aspects of the business, but also other faculties such as architecture and economy for those who pass an examination.
Furthermore, it offers a channel of communication with the younger generation through which we get to know about their lifestyles and residential preferences.
The academy’s AP Design Symposium, conducted by experts in the field, offers a venue for the creatives to share their innovations on project designs.
To fund the programme, the company has set aside an annual budget of Bt70 million as it believes staff improvement is the key driver to continued success and growth of our business, Vittakarn added.