Engie is stepping up its support for young people

By ENGIE - 27 October 2020 - 15:11

The under-25s are currently the hardest hit by the pandemic. Already actively involved in the educational support and professional integration of young people, ENGIE continues to take action to help them at every key stage, from education and training through to their first steps in the workplace. This commitment has been acknowledged and accredited by the French “Engagement Jeunes” (Commitment to young people) label. 



In line with our corporate purpose, ensuring the long-term sustainability of all our actions, for the benefit of future generations, we are committed to taking action every day to help young people. Through our training in the jobs of the future, our ambitious apprenticeship policy, and career “booster” programmes, ENGIE is stepping up its action to give the under-25s the best possible chances of finding a job. 



ENGIE chosen as a “welcoming to young people” company in 2021    

The Engagement Jeunes platform ensures that young, top-quality professionals, who have trained in large corporations, are spotted by companies looking for a new talent. A partner of the platform since 2016, ENGIE has once again obtained the “Engagement Jeunes” label. Awarded by the young people in question, the label recognises “welcoming to young people” companies based on nine criteria, including the quality of the business culture, integration, and managerial methods. We are one of 24 companies that have been awarded the label, after ten months of surveys and over 3,400 young people interviewed! 


 "Very proud that ENGIE has received the “Engagement Jeunes” label for the fourth year running. It acknowledges our action for young people, an action we take on the ground every day to support young people of all backgrounds and prospects in their recruitment. It is an action that is fully in line with the Group’s corporate purpose."
Jean-Sébastien Blanc, Group Human Resources Director


What exactly is "Engagement Jeunes"


The platform was launched in 2014 on the initiative of large members of the French Association for private businesses (Afep), in partnership with the Pacte PME agreement for small and medium-sized enterprises.  


  • What is its aim? To stimulate recruitment of young people in the company in which they trained, or in a partner company on the platform.  


  • How does it work? Firstly, through networking, because the platform enhances the visibility of candidates and companies, bringing them together more easily. And, through services, because the candidates are given job-hunting support. 



Training young people in the jobs of the future 

As 70% of tomorrow’s jobs will require skills that do not exist today, we are getting a head start by training young people for the jobs of the future with our very first Academy of energy and climate transition roles, a CFA (apprentice training centre) offering diploma courses, which opened in autumn 2020. At the same time, ENGIE Benelux opened a similar ENGIE Academy to open up energy professions to all talented young people. 


Did you know? 


Since 2015, ENGIE has been a partner of the Alliance for YOUth, a Nestlé Group initiative bringing together over two hundred companies committed to fighting against youth unemployment in Europe! 


"At ENGIE, taking action for youth employment means remaining true to our corporate purpose to reconcile economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet. "
Catherine MacGregor, CEO



Stepping up recruitment of young people in the company 

With over 5,000 work/study trainees worldwide, not counting interns and people on V.I.E (volunteer for international experience) placements, we are really focusing our attention on apprenticeships.  
Antoine, a former work/study trainee and now a technician at ENGIE Home Services, speaks of his experience: "What attracted me to ENGIE Home Services? The prospect of mobility within the Group, in terms of assignments, jobs on offer, and geographic mobility. And my job isn’t restricted to a technical role, there is also a big consulting aspect."
And the Group is stepping up its efforts to develop this path to professional integration, with a target of 10% work/study trainees in its French workforce by the end of 2021, compared with the current legal obligation in French companies of 5%. But ENGIE’s ambition goes even further: the Group is aiming to achieve a 100% graduation rate for its work/study trainees, and to hire 50% of them at the end of their training, particularly in technical professions. 



Engie is ramping up its support for young people



Did you know?


ENGIE is ranked 15th favourite company by engineering students in 2021, and 60th by business students (up 10 points in one year) in the Universum ranking


Boosting the careers of young people in the Group 

Through its special development schemes like the BOOST programme, its range of Graduate Programs, including the first one ever to be entirely devoted to renewable energy, and its ENGIE University courses, the Group offers young people the chance to fast-track their career and develop their skills, throughout their professional journey. 
Gabrielle, who joined the Group through the High’5 Graduate Program, says, "At the end of a year-long regional project, my deputy director gave me the opportunity to present the conclusions to general management. That was one of my most remarkable experiences."  
Christine has completed the three years of the High’5 Graduate Program and says, "I chose the ENGIE Graduate Program because I wanted to be able to discover different core businesses, different jobs, in different contexts and all within a fairly short time period. It was also very important to me to be working on energy transition issues."
While joining the job market is a challenging time for the majority of under-25s, they can nevertheless count on the constant commitment of the ENGIE Group, as it takes action to help them learn, integrate the business world and boost their careers, yesterday, today and tomorrow.