The group pursues a sustained recruitment drive for a third consecutive year.
SPIE presents its recruitment policy for 2008. The group is seeking a broad cross-section of skills, whether in engineering graduates or school leavers from deprived areas.
A wide range of job profiles in a boom industry
SPIE has announced its intention to take on 3,000 new employees in 2008. This recruitment drive is to be run in parallel with a sustained acquisition strategy and strong growth in the group's businesses. SPIE continues to expand rapidly, both in France and elsewhere in Europe, with recent highlights including the acquisitions of Matthew Hall in England, Controlec in the Netherlands and Paternoster in the Paris area. The group is also winning new business in the maintenance & services, climate-engineering and street-lighting markets.
Additional technical and management expertise is to be brought in to strengthen our workforce. The group is focussing recruitment efforts on three main categories of personnel: operational managers (including process & planning engineers and technicians, contract managers, project managers, site superintendents and foremen, maintenance site managers and heads of specialist departments), electrical technicians/fitters and sales engineers.
A major role for apprenticeships
SPIE is expanding its apprenticeship-based recruitment policy, with 800 apprentices being taken on in 2008. Apprenticeships are available to workers of all academic levels, from school leavers with basic vocational qualifications or technical baccalaureates to graduates of technical institutes and engineering schools. SPIE is a firm believer in the specific benefits of sandwich courses.
Apprentices train for two years, following an academic curriculum alongside the practical training provided at SPIE's facilities and in the field. More experienced employees pass on their know-how, and each apprentice is assigned a specially-trained tutor. At the end of their apprenticeships, trainees are offered permanent contracts.
Special recruitment strategies have been introduced in certain subsidiaries. This is the case in the Seine-Saint-Denis département, for example, where SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest has signed the "Enterprise in the Community" charter (charte Entreprise-Territoire) with the Plaine Commune authority (which represents the towns of Aubervilliers, Epinay-sur-Seine, L'Ile-Saint-Denis, La Courneuve, Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Saint-Denis, Stains and Villetaneuse), with a view to integrating young people from deprived areas. The subsidiary has agreed to take practical measures that benefit the local community, including the direct recruitment of local residents, the provision of sandwich courses and internships, and the designation of local teaching institutions as beneficiaries of its vocational training tax.
With effect from 2008, SPIE is also sponsoring an inter-company association known as "Les quartiers ont du talent", which helps graduates from deprived inner city areas to gain entry into the labour market and prove their worth in a professional environment.
SPIE builds bridges with engineering schools
France's engineering schools (ESME-Sudria, INSA, ESTP, ESIGELEC, ENSAM, etc.) remain a key source of recruitment. SPIE is raising its profile among the students of these institutions by creating a network of "ambassadors" to promote the group's businesses, and in particular the climate engineering, utilities and maintenance branches.
The group is also contributing its experience to help institutions devise new training programmes. One example of this is the development of a syllabus for a specialist Master's degree in Multitechnical and Multiservice Framework Contract Management, which is being set up by ENSAM as part of its recently-formed partnership with SERCE*. The first students will be enrolling in this new course in September 2008.
"Once recruited, SPIE employees have considerable opportunity to develop their careers within the group. They can join our continuous-improvement, mobility and promotion programmes" explains Nicole Fabiani, SPIE's head of Human Resources Development. "In-house training is provided at our Technology Institute and at the SPIE Training Centre, and is backed up by experience acquired from tutors in the field."
*SERCE (Syndicat des entreprises de génie électrique et climatique) is a 250-strong association of electrical and climate engineering companies operating out of more than 1,200 locations in France and abroad, and specialising in work and services relating to industrial and commercial facilities, electricity networks and communication and IT systems. These companies also apply their expertise in the area of climate engineering.
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