How we support our team’s professional development


2nd December 2021


4 min


Antonia Hayianni

As a leading global mobile and web app development company‚ we’re passionate about nurturing our team’s professional development.

We’re not ranked #1 in the world for mobile app development by accident. We’ve delivered numerous award-winning projects for some of the world’s most popular brands‚  thanks to the incredible talents of our amazing team. 

At hedgehog lab‚ we believe the learning never stops. That’s why we encourage our employees to spend time nurturing their professional and personal growth for long-term success within the agency walls and beyond. So‚ how do we do this? 

We spent time and money on our employees’ learning and development

In the busy chaos of our day-to-day working lives‚ it’s easy to put learning on the back burner. But that’s not the case at hedgehog lab. 

Our team is our greatest asset. To help support their professional development‚ we give our employees four days and a yearly budget of £250 to spend on building their knowledge and skills. Everyone is welcome to spend their budget on a wide range of resources they believe will best help their growth‚ such as audiobooks‚ webinars‚ subscriptions‚ and training courses. 

Some of our Product team have taken the opportunity to participate in the Professional Scrum Product Owner Training Programme. This is a hands-on‚ activity-based course where students explore more about Professional Scrum while developing an understanding of how vital the Product Owner is on the Scrum team.

We asked a couple of our valued hedgehog lab employees how they’ve spent their learning and development budget this year: 

Andrew Webber (he/him)‚ iOS Developer

“I enrolled onto a swiftUI mastery course on the web‚ which taught me how to do a wide range of things in the context of building a real-life swiftUI application. I find this ‘dive in at the deep end’ and real-world learning approach very useful as most of the skills acquired were immediately and directly translatable to a live client project. It has allowed me to feel more confident and save on dev time when working with a totally new framework on a development project.”

Aime Watson-Bachini (she/her)‚ People & Culture Lead

“I chose to use my learning and development budget towards completing a CIPD course and have used some of my L&D days to work on my coursework. Having this qualification will enable me to continue to grow professionally and further my career in People and Culture. The fact that we offer this benefit to all staff to further their professional development shows that hedgehog lab really cares about us as individuals.”

We nurture talent

We have a wealth of incredible talent at hedgehog lab. By nurturing our team’s unique skills and providing them with the tools they need to grow‚ we can continue to deliver exceptional products and a world-class service for some of the globe’s biggest brands. 

We do this by undertaking 360° reviews with our employees throughout the year. These reviews help us identify new objectives and KPIs for them to reach for‚ while helping them focus on the skills they wish to develop in the future. 

But our yearly reviews are about more than professional growth – they give us the opportunity to learn more about our employees and what makes them tick. That way‚ we can understand more about their dreams and aspirations and identify ways to support them in their personal lives. 

We listen to employee feedback 

Not only do we encourage everyone who works at hedgehog lab to take advantage of the professional resources available to them‚ but we regularly update our people and culture initiatives to take employee feedback on board. 

We achieve this through our staff engagement tool Leapsome‚ which allows us to check in with our employees to see if they need anything to make their time with us better. As a result‚ we’re constantly updating our policies to help our team grow‚ ensuring we do everything we can to support their learning and development. 

Come and join us

Fancy joining the hedgehog lab team? Come and be a part of the action by browsing our open vacancies to see if there’s a role for you. We can’t wait to have you on board!

If you’d like to find out more about our company culture then‚ check out our blog post on how we’re leading the way in flexible learning and how we support our team’s mental health and wellbeing.

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