The objective: 1,000 new apprentices in Europe for 2019
And why not you?
Cergy, May 21st 2019 – SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, is currently training almost 2,000 apprentices, mostly employed in its French, German and Dutch subsidiaries. This method of recruitment is seeing a resurgence in 2019.
With almost 2,000 young people on an apprenticeship, 48% of them in France and 37% in Germany, SPIE is looking to further its growth by focusing on training of its future talents while they continue their studies. A recruitment tool which is particularly well suited to a tight job market in the technical fields (electrician, computer scientist, engineer, maintenance technician), it is aimed at all levels of study, from vocational qualifications to postgraduate engineering degrees.
An arrangement widely approved of by apprentices
The arrangement offered by SPIE for the past few years has been a clear success among those taking part: in the Netherlands, 100% of participants continue to work within the Group after completing their studies, as do 88% of participants in Germany. France is following this trend, with as many of its young apprentices as possible being taken on. In September 2018, 650 additional apprentices joined French subsidiaries over a total of 1000. In Germany, SPIE has 750 apprentices, including 278 welcome into the German subsidiaries at the start of the 2018 academic year, which shows just how important the system is. This highly operational training and recruitment method supports SPIE's development in terms of digital transformation and the energy transition. The quality of training and the retention of talent are in fact key factors for growth in these sectors.
Apprenticeships help to build a relationship of trust which benefits both parties: the SPIE group and the apprentice. The company gains new and complementary skills by allowing the apprentice to discover and learn a profession while gradually adapting to the company’s way of working and immersing themselves in its culture. Elisabeth Rasmussen, Group Human Resources Director, sums up all the benefits of apprenticeships: “It is an excellent opportunity for a young person to confirm their choices while continuing their studies and trying out a profession for a period of time. SPIE, by focusing on an apprentice who joins the company to study for a qualification, profits from the employee of tomorrow. This is crucial for the development of our business.”
Special support to step straight into the world of work
The Group offers tailored support to ensure the experience is as positive as possible. Particular attention is thus paid to integration and to the practical training of apprentices. Experienced tutors are selected to provide them with guidance, training and support throughout their work/study programme, as Camille Delaunay, a young apprentice business manager at the French subsidiary SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire, stresses: “I am very well supported. The availability of my tutor and the spirit of mutual assistance within the teams ensure that I am able to fully understand every aspect of the job and of the tasks assigned to me, and to progress with my studies with confidence.”
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