Through a range of initiatives and partnerships, EDF is committed to getting young people into work as both employees and students on vocational training courses. Whether giving young people their best chance at getting their first job, providing support for returning to work, or help starting a company, the Group supports applicants and staff in their endeavours, embodying its vocation as a responsible employer.
A lasting partnership with the French Job Centre
With almost 160,000 staff working in over 240 roles worldwide, EDF is a major recruiter. Firmly committed to battling youth unemployment, the Group has signed a partnership with the French Job Centre. Signed in late 2014 and valid for three years, this National Framework Agreement is founded on three main issues:
Return to work for vocational trainees leaving EDF (group workshops and individual reviews for those not recruited)
Increased proportion of vocational trainees through better pre-selection of applicants (virtual tools at online Job Centre events, local partnerships, joint participation in trade shows, events, and forums, etc.)
The development of partnership initiatives as part of major projects, like the Linky project or recruitment needs connected to the modernization of nuclear facilities
Lastly, EDF is the first industrial company to join the French Job Centre’s “Labour Market Transparency” project: job ads for Group technicians, engineers and executives are now automatically published on the Job Centre website for maximum visibility.
Encouraging our staff & vocational trainees to start their own businesses
To contribute to the creation of jobs and enable staff to diversify their careers, EDF has launched an initiative that provides support to those founding or taking over a company.
Special leave is available to Group employees who would like to launch their own business, as well as support of a dedicated “Spin-off Advisor”. Training, business plans, internal and external contacts: staff are supported throughout their project’s development.
Since 2006, almost 700 EDF and Enedis(1) staff have become business leaders
Vocational trainees at the end of their contract are also eligible to receive special support as part of a company start-up competition. EDF provides:
The support of Spin-off Advisors to structure their project
Dedicated online learning tools
Half-day courses at their regional Chamber of Commerce
Around 50 companies have been founded in 16 years, creating some 4,000 jobs
(1) EDF produces and sells electricity. It provides its customers with an energy offer, through a contract. Enedis distributes electricity, which means it dispatches it to the final customers. As such, Enedis runs, manages and maintains the French power lines network through which electricity passes.