Developing tomorrow’s engineering professionals
Transferring skills and knowledge to future generations is vital to our company’s ongoing success. In the infrastructure industry, this represents a significant challenge, due to the skills gap between experienced industry professionals and young graduates
To help bridge this gap, Salini Impregilo launched the “100 Young Engineers – Tomorrow’s Builders” campaign in late 2014. We sought to recruit 100 of Italy’s most talented civil, mechanical, environmental and management engineering graduates, offering them the opportunity to learn diverse, cross-functional skills. In this way, we aim to equip today’s young engineers with the skills and knowledge required for key roles within our organisation, helping them to become tomorrow’s project managers.
In early 2015, we recruited 100 top engineering graduates, selected from some 1,800 applicants. The new recruits comprise 20% women and have an average age of 26. We have since offered them the opportunity to gain experience in projects in Italy and abroad, so that they can develop the same skills as engineering professionals already working at our construction sites.
Tomorrow’s Builders: the welcome day for 100 new talents
The Group’s senior managers welcomed the 100 graduate engineers at a dedicated “Tomorrow’s Builders” event in March 2015. Over three days, we held interactive sessions designed to welcome them to the company and kick-start the induction process.
Our senior people presented the company's strategy and business, while project managers explained how we work, including at construction sites. We also ran comprehensive working groups to help our new recruits become more familiar with the company, and understand our values and culture.
We then assigned the new engineers to diverse Group projects around the world, where they began a cross-functional training on site, supported by an e-learning platform and other structured development initiatives.
In the first year of the programme, we delivered more than 100,000 on-the-job training and tutoring hours, and over 1,000 e-learning training hours to our 100 engineering graduates. By the end of 2015, they had also participated in a project management course, focusing on managing complex, large-scale projects and working effectively in teams.
Here, we share the main steps of the campaign, along with indicators for each stage.
In 2016 the “100 Young Engineers – Tomorrow’s Builders” program will continue with further training and development activities, comprising job rotation at sites and at the headquarters.