Skills, learning and development
We invest in a wide range of development programmes to help our people respond to a changing world and changing client needs.
Many of the programmes sit at an agency level so please check out our award-winning agency websites for more information or, if you work at WPP, contact your People team to understand what options are available to you.
We also create centralised programming which is open to everyone across the company. We have increased our focus on programmes which equip our people to work collaboratively and have doubled down on development opportunities for underrepresented groups. We aim to ensure we are building a robust pipeline of future leaders who bring diverse perspectives to WPP and to our clients.
These programmes include:
An immersive and experiential programme designed to help senior client leaders explore, develop and hone their client leadership to build out their ability to be truly trusted business partners to their clients.
Inclusion as a Skill
When our people feel secure, safe and confident to share their ideas, it has a direct impact on creativity and the power of collaboration – which is our competitive advantage. Inclusion is not only ensuring we have diversity of thought, backgrounds and lived experiences – it’s also about embedding inclusion in our new ways of working.
This global, 12-week learning experience is designed to equip managers with practical tools to foster inclusion, unleash creativity and transform the way people feel, think and behave.
Future Readiness Academies
A unique global learning programme, centred around the four pillars of our offer – communications, experience, commerce and technology – to help our entire WPP community gain the skills and knowledge needed for success in a growing digital world.
Completion is rewarded with badges which can be used to update LinkedIn profiles and e-signatures.
Current Future Readiness Academies:
- MarTech Academy
- Commerce Academy
- Metaverse & More Academy
- Digital Fundamentals
- Data & AI
- Strategy & Innovation
- Content & Channel Optimisation
A series of interactive workshops, in partnership with Google, designed to empower women and other underrepresented groups at WPP around the globe to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.
If you work at WPP, you can find out more details about our courses and learning content here.
WPP is partnering with The University of Oxford to deliver courses in data and artificial intelligence (AI) for client leaders, practitioners, and WPP executives. The Diploma is all about helping our leaders grapple with today's digital challenges, finding new opportunities to create value with data and AI, and, ultimately, accelerating the digital transformation of our organisation.
Learning and enablement is also a central tenet of our major strategic partnerships with the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Salesforce, Amazon and Google.
We work with these technology partners to develop learning and accreditation programmes that are either bespoke to WPP or to secure unique training benefits for our people, globally.
During 2022, WPP employees earned more than 33,000 accreditations and certifications from leading technology partners including Adobe, Meta, Microsoft and TikTok.
If you work at WPP, please visit the WPP OPEN partner pages for more information on learning programmes available.
Beyond our own people, we are passionate about providing opportunities for early career talent aspiring to join our industry, to learn, grow and collaborate with the brightest minds across WPP.
Please check out our award-winning agencies’ websites for more information about their early talent opportunities and how to apply.