Engineering Graduate Programme- video transcript
Louise manages our Engineering Leadersip Graduate Programme. Here she introduces our engineering opportunities, what we expect from our graduates and what E.ON can offer in return.
Here's a written transcript of Louise's video. Or to watch the video please visit our Engineering Schemes page
"Hi I'm Louise and I work in the Engineering Academy at E.ON and I'm the graduate scheme lead for the engineering leadership scheme.
E.ON generate, distribute and supply energy and the key to our success really is our people. The graduates are here on a fast track scheme to take them from out of university to management positions so that we can run our businesses effectively.
For our Engineering Graduate Scheme we're looking for people who are really passionate about engineering, who want to get stuck in, get involved, learn what it's like to be an engineer. And we're looking for people that are happy to move around both within the UK and internationally to further their careers.
Alongside the two year development programme, there's also three areas of further development so there's professional engineering development, which enables our graduates to become Chartered Engineers. There's also technical development and there's leadership development which is linked to behaviours and a competency framework.
There's plenty of support available for engineering grads when they start the scheme. They're assigned a mentor which will help them in their quest to become Chartered Engineers, but also to provide them with career guidance and support. They also get a buddy, which is usually an ex-graduate so they've been on the scheme before and know the ropes so they can give them some hints and tips. And there's also obviously all of the behavioural development and professional development as well.
The international placement is a great opportunity for our graduates because it means they get to experience another one of E.ON's Market Units so they can get some experience of what being an engineer in another country is like. Not only that, but being able to live somewhere and experience a whole new culture is really interesting and some of our graduates absolutely love going internationally. In terms of support though, there's plenty of help on hand so we’ve got an International Mobility Team that will assist you with moving. We also provide intercultural training and language lessons so you're fully set up for when you need to go out internationally.
What I really want to see from graduates and what I want to see in return is them to be driven individuals, to be enthusiastic, to look at things with a fresh pair of eyes and think how can we improve this and really just drive themselves forward and be the best engineers they can be.
Feedback that we've had from previous graduates on the scheme is that they really enjoy the international experience and the placements that they do over there. They also really like the fact that they can choose their own placements because is helps them to build their own career pathway and they can kind of almost choose where they want to go so long as there's a business need. And also if there's a part of the company that engineers want to go and see, all they need to do is just take that opportunity and arrange it and build networks so that they can go and see the rest of the organisation.
One of the best examples of how one of our engineering graduates have progressed is one of our female engineers, who actually a few years ago became the Young Female Engineer of the Year. She has now moved in to a senior management position and is doing fantastically within the business and really that's just one example - there are many other engineers who have gone on to do really great things and had a variety of roles since they've left the scheme.
It's a really exciting time for people to join the energy industry, but especially for engineers. There's a breadth and depth of roles that engineers can get themselves involved in. And because of the challenges that we'll face in the future, any engineering graduate who joins us now can help shape our world going forward."