Commercial Schemes - video transcript
Claire manages our commercial graduate schemes. Here she explains how the schemes work, what we expect from our graduates and what E.ON can offer in return.
Here's a written transcript of Claire's video. Or to watch the video please visit our commercial schemes page
"Hi my name's Claire and I work for the Talent Resourcing Team and I manage the Commercial Graduate Schemes for non-engineers.
E.ON is a power and gas company. We have various different parts of our businesses from generating the power to our Retail business that sell and service that power. Within those organisations there are various different job families. Professional functions for example has IT, Finance, HR, we also have general management and we have engineering job families so there's various different roles within our organisation.
The type of person that we look for for our graduate scheme does vary, depending on the scheme that we're applying for, so we have specific requirements for example our general management schemes as we would for an engineering scheme. The best advice would be to visit the website or check the brochure for specific criteria details. Essentially what we're looking for is people who we think will be the leaders of our future.
The scheme lasts for two years and that's a new change for us as we would normally have run for eighteen months. So from 2011 we'll be changing to a two year scheme and that will consist of various in-business job placements that will last anywhere between four months and seven months.
The scheme itself is particularly structured to ensure that both the graduates and the placement managers are clear on what does good look like? What is it that we want to achieve from our graduate scheme? How do we want our graduates to finish the scheme looking like? And the type of roles that they can expect to go in to. So we're quite structured in how we organise a placement and how we would performance manage our graduates going through those particular placements.
The type of support that we offer includes a professional qualification. That's related to the particular scheme that you're on, so if you're working on a HR scheme then we'll provide you the Certificate in Personnel Development qualification or if you're in finance then you would have a CIMA qualification. On top of that we have a domestic leadership scheme development programme that we've created in-house with our learning and development team. And we have an international programme, which would provide you with training courses and projects that you'll work on internationally and we have various things on top of that like a mentor that we'll provide you with who will be on a senior management level. We'll have a buddy which we'll link you up to who will be of a previous graduate year. And we also have things like language lessons for your international placements.
We would expect in return for our graduates to have high drive and enthusiasm for doing well and succeeding on the scheme. We look (as I've mentioned previously) for these leadership qualities of the future so drive, enthusiasm, self sufficiency, ambition are all parts that we'll expect you to come with and we'll open the doors for you if you're prepared to walk through them.
The international placement gives a great opportunity to understand the diversity that E.ON has. We're a German owned company, but we have a presence in many different European countries. So, the placement that you go on internationally, whilst it may be Germany could be any of those particular businesses that we have across Europe. You'll get the opportunity to live and work in a different culture, different society for around about four months of your overall scheme for you to really understand the diversity of E.ON.
If anybody is thinking about applying to the graduate scheme, my advice would be- just apply. It's a large organisation, there's a huge amount of opportunities so please come and step on our career ladder and we'll progress you through!"