A professional boost
Members of the ExpAND community get the opportunity to attend conferences on specialist subjects. But it is also by getting together and sparking debate that expertise develops. Which is why group spirit is a key element of the programme. "Experts from the same business activity don't need us to bring them together. The programme really comes into its own, however, when it brings together different fields of expertise. It enables members to share discoveries and ideas, to think outside the box by applying one person's solutions to another's problems. It is extremely enriching, both from a personal and a professional point of view," explains Stéphane Sançois, who heads the programme.
As well as the meetings arranged within the community, each expert is supported by a talent manager and benefits from a personal development programme. The Group provides guidance in their reflection, in their career advancement, and in the development of their leadership skills. "I will never be able to thank ENGIE enough, because it is thanks to the Group that I have been able to develop this expertise. I was given a chance. And sharing my skills gave me a real boost," says Caroline Fisher, Global Expert in digital transformation.
An innovative approach, to give everyone a chance
"Generally speaking, I am stunned by our employees' enthusiasm and engagement. As soon as we launched the programme, we received dozens of applications. And for our first seminar, almost all the people we invited managed to free up their schedule to attend three days of workshops and conferences," says Stéphane Sançois.
So, who can actually join the community? "I really questioned my legitimacy before applying. I have developed sound knowledge in the field of digital transformation but, unlike other experts, I didn't take a technical or specialised course. My expertise is actually in the field," says Caroline Fisher, Global Expert. To join the programme, Caroline - like all the other members - followed a transparent and innovative application procedure. Once a comprehensive dossier - containing peer reviews, a cover letter, examples of achievements, etc. - has been submitted, every application is examined by a committee of volunteer experts who are already members of the community. Peer approval is where the programme's strength lies.
All types of expertise are welcome - technical, technological, or functional. There are many recognised skill sectors including digital, data, energy efficiency, safety, business development, marketing, etc. And it is this diversity that we find in the Group's DNA, enabling us to stay one step ahead.