We need to be proactive to build a future pipeline of skilled people. This is more important than ever as our industry faces future skills shortages in science, technology, engineering and maths. We’re tackling the skills gap where it starts: with young people.

​​​​Developing the next generation

Our global Future Talent Programme is a strategic approach to harness and develop the next generation of talented employees. It involves:

  • a long-term commitment to hire graduates;
  • a strategy to establish long-term partnerships with selected universities; and
  • a globally structured training and development for graduates.

Learning on the job

As well as building long-term relationships with key universities to attract, train and develop graduates, we believe that learning on the job and from colleagues is the most effective way to develop talent. Leadership, technical and internship trainees work for us in ‘real jobs’ but also undertake a comprehensive development programme. On completion of the course, we offer employment to all our Future Talent graduates.
Graduates are trained through one of three tracks:

  1. Leadership: a 24-month programme with the aim to develop broad business knowledge in an international environment.
  2. Technical: a 12-month programme with the focus of developing engineering capabilities in an accelerated way. 
  3. Internship: a variable length induction phase with the focus to provide a technical foundation for students before embarking on their project assignment.

Going forward, in 2017 we have committed to hiring 230 graduates around the world. This is the first time we have a consistent global approach and we have significantly increased our investment to support this programme.

“Innovation is key to ensuring the needs of the market and enabling future success. We work closely with our suppliers, but more than that, we try to create real partnerships and have open and collaborative relationships with them” Ylan Mathieu, Young Talent Supply Manager

Our global mentoring programme

Our global mentoring programme is for employees we identify with leadership potential who have been with us for 5-10 years. We specifically focus on employees that we view as representing a minority, for example women in China. The programme includes a year of mentoring, where we connect experienced managers with emerging leaders and offer monthly mentoring meetings and job shadowing. We run this biannually and the last programme took in 18 employees that we identified as emerging leaders. The next mentoring intake will be in 2017.

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