Innovation is our path forward, and our people are the drivers of that innovation. COVID-19 has only accelerated the speed of change and created urgency for constant improvement and innovation. That’s why we offer unique opportunities for employees to learn, grow and progress professionally while making a difference in people’s lives.
This ranges from formal trainings and multi-year professional development opportunities to on-demand resources to help people managers and their teams have ongoing development discussions that can help enhance performance. For example, our Accelerator Program is a five-year development journey for high-potential employees who are early in their career to have global development experiences through at least two international assignments. The Accelerator Program is intended to prepare talent for future leadership roles at Takeda. In addition, in Japan we piloted a career support program in 2020 whereby employees can apply for a short term assignment in another department or on a project in order to gain exposure and build their capabilities. We also encourage our employees to learn and use new technology, such as virtual reality. In one example of this, our global manufacturing facilities are embracing virtual reality to create operational training efficiencies.