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Developing skills

With a 20% increase in the number of new employees compared with 2011, last year EDF continued its recruitment drive (launched in 2008) to renew its competencies.

More than 12,500 new employees joined the EDF Group in 2012.

In France, EDF has exceeded its forecasts and has climbed into 4th place in recruiter rankings by recruiting more than 6,200 new employees in 2012. Production functions represent almost half of recruitments, distribution 35% and sales and marketing 11%.

In 2013, a further 6,000 new recruits could join EDF in France.


Energy Day: dynamizing recruitment

Energy Day 2013

For the last 6 years, EDF has organised Energy Day, which gives almost 2,000 young engineers the opportunity to meet with Group managers and apply for internships and pre-employment placements.


Training

More than 75% of Group employees benefit from at least one training initiative each year. Working in highly technical fields, the EDF Group has always put great emphasis on training.

In France, the Training Challenge agreement signed on 10 September 2010 by all of the EDF, ERDF and RTE trade union organisations helps to breathe new life into the Group's training policy.

Furthermore, this dynamic is gradually being rolled out to the Group's companies worldwide, in particular with the internationalisation of some "Functional Academies" (legal, HR), the planned opening of a campus in the United Kingdom and the People Development Programme.

All employees can benefit from promotional training leading to a qualification if they have the motivation and the potential, a great way to really accelerate their careers by granting access to jobs that carry more responsibility and enabling employees to grow professionally.

In addition to this, 11,000 managers have access to an e-learning platform to strengthen their expertise in management basics like annual appraisals, delegation, employee development and time management.


A network of campuses

Training centres are developing through a network of existing and new campuses:

  • A flagship campus for the whole EDF Group in France, now set up in Les Mureaux and from 2015 in Saclay
  • Functional campuses dedicated to the generation and distribution of electricity, grouping together 35 sites distributed throughout France
  • A campus under construction in the United Kingdom, on the Cannington/Bridgewater site

European Foundation for Tomorrow’s Energies

It uses its actions to encourage the development of courses designed for future energy experts and the strengthening of international and interdisciplinary partnerships. It also supports the promotion of teaching and research into low carbon energies.Created by EDF and under the authority of the Institut de France, the European Foundation for Tomorrow's Energies helps the Universities and Grandes Écoles offer students training courses on the subject of low carbon energies.

It uses its actions to encourage the development of courses designed for future energy experts and the strengthening of international and interdisciplinary partnerships. It also supports the promotion of teaching and research into low carbon energies.

Taking a closer look