Cergy, 2 May 2013 - SPIE’s reputation as a model employer in the eyes of employees and young graduates in France has been confirmed in the Universum 2013 rankings and at the Randstad Awards 2013.
SPIE, an attractive group
Entering the Universum rankings for the first time, SPIE rose to 57th place in the top 100 preferred employers among engineering school students. This employer classification, based on a poll of more than 12,000 students, is a benchmark in the field of human resources and employment in France. Nominated in the Construction-Energy-Environment category of the Randstad Awards, SPIE is rated by the general public as one of the most attractive groups in its business sector. This survey, based on a sample of 12,000 members of the public, gauges the opinion among employees in France of the 200 biggest French firms, with special emphasis on their reputation and attractiveness.
“Our success in these rankings is the result of SPIE’s good performances in the green economy and our work on our image as an employer,” says Eric Yonnet, SPIE Human Resources Development Manager. “Our communication campaigns on social networks, the development of our relationships with schools and our recognised commitment to diversity have helped highlight our values which are attuned to the current requirements of financial soundness, sustainable employment and prospects for development. These fundamental principals are part of SPIE’s corporate culture.”
Engineering schools: sources of talent
Engineering schools are a major recruitment pool where SPIE has been actively campaigning to raise students’ awareness of the Group via an extensive network of ambassadors. Former students act as ambassadors to promote all the Group’s career opportunities in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of installations and infrastructures. These operational players actively participate in forums, give lessons, describe their professions, organise work site open days and sit on jury panels. The partnerships formed with these schools help to bring in a great many young personnel, notably by means of internments and work-study schemes. Currently, personnel on work-study schemes, ranging from basic vocational qualifications to engineering diplomas, represent more than 5% of SPIE’s workforce.
Focus on training and assistance for young employees
It is SPIE’s policy to offer each employee a customised career path enabling him or her to make progress through training courses, professional flexibility and mobility. This dynamic approach is aimed at catering for future market needs as well as consolidating and increasing employees’ professionalism in order to improve their career development prospects.
“Our aim is to promote and support the development of new skills throughout our employees’ careers,” explains Eric Yonnet. “The SPIE Group has set up its own Skills Development Centre. This includes a Management School which trains our managers to tackle our corporate challenges and a Technology Institute which helps our employees with their career development.”