ABOUT THE GROUP
ENGIE reaffirms its strategic decision to promote a diversified, balanced and carbon-free energy mix. For the most part consisting of natural gas, nuclear energy and renewable energy sources (hydropower wind energy and biomass), this energy mix promotes a low CO2 emission energy production; nuclear energy plays a key role in this strategy. A pioneer in nuclear energy in Europe, ENGIE is one of the few players in the sector to develop expert skills in both upstream (engineering, purchasing, operation, maintenance) and downstream (waste management, dismantling) activities. Nuclear safety is the essential guiding thread running through this strategy and is a key consideration at every stage of our nuclear activities.
ENGIE’s main thrust on nuclear policy is:
- Using existing power stations: we continue to operate our seven reactors located in Belgium. Operating these plants safely remains our absolute priority,
- Establishing the highest level of safety in the Group’s new reactors by 2020: any future investments shall be subject to very strict criteria in terms of ethics, responsibility and safety,
- Total freedom of action to develop nuclear projects in Europe and the rest of the world, either in cooperation with players in the French public nuclear sector or with other international partners. This freedom of action ensures our flexibility and competitiveness which are essential for the Group’s success in the nuclear industry.
ENGIE currently employs 6,000 people in its nuclear activities. We will need to hire nearly 2,000 additional people in the next 5 years to cover the development of the Group’s projects. Recruitment and training programs have been set up to cope with this new challenge.
- 50 years of expertise in nuclear power
- 7 reactors in operation in Belgium
- 6,134 MW of nuclear capacity
- 11 subsidiaries expert in all areas of nuclear power
- More than 6,000 employees specialized in nuclear power
- More than 2,000 technicians and engineers to be recruited in the next 5
AN HR TOOL FOR THE GROUP’S NUCLEAR STRATEGY
To roll out our strategy and achieve our nuclear ambitions, we need the very best talent. ENGIE currently employs over 6,000 individuals with specifi c nuclear competencies. These specialists’ skills are built around an advanced level of technical knowledge and exacting standards in terms of approach and nuclear safety culture. In the years ahead, over 2,000 engineers and technicians are set to join one of our nuclear entities to replace current staff who will be retiring and to ensure continuity and the further development of our ongoing projects. Attracting and retaining talent is a top priority in terms of the Group’s nuclear strategy. With this in mind, in 2006 the Nuclear Development Division (NDD) launched the Nuclear Trainees Program—Junior (NTP—J).
NUCLEAR TRAINEES PROGRAM—JUNIOR
In 2006, ENGIE launched the Nuclear Trainees Program— Junior (NTP—J). This original recruitment and training strategy, the NTP—J is geared towards young engineers either nearing the end of their degree courses, who have recently graduated, or who have less than three years’ practical experience. Having been recruited to one of the ENGIE’s nuclear entities, the trainees follow a course lasting approximately 400 hours in France and Belgium, alongside their professional work. The NTP—J enables these junior engineers joining ENGIE to become nuclear ‘generalists’ whilst at the same time building up a solid network of contacts within the Group.
NTP seeks to achieve the following:
- Give trainees an insight into and general overview of all aspects of the Group’s nuclear activities and business,
- Enable trainees to meet nuclear actors within the Group (to build up a network of contacts, share best practices, promote mobility and synergy between all the Group’s entities worldwide),
- Offer a tailor-made course combining both theoretical knowledge and practical projects.
The training modules, to which trainees devote one week per month, are designed to develop three core competencies: technical (the business itself), behavioral and functional. Technical tests at the beginning and end of each training program assess how the young engineers’ knowledge is developing. Combining practical training with day-to-day operational constraints gives trainees a thorough overview of the Group’s nuclear businesses.
NUCLEAR TRAINEES PROGRAM—JUNIOR
- One week of training per month over a period of one year,
- Technical modules: safety, nuclear security, radiation protection, the basics of nuclear technology, fuel cycle, pressurized water reactors, management of spent fuel and decommissioning, maintenance of nuclear power stations, etc,
- Non-technical modules to develop the core competencies required of all nuclear managers: communication, leadership, managerial behavior, etc,
- Trainees recruited on open-ended contracts and to an operational function within one of the Group’s 11 nuclear entities.