Training and work-study programmes

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Training and work-study programmes

Employees having benefited from training (in %)

EDF Group invests heavily in the development of its employees’ skills: in 2016, 86% of employees followed at least one training programme, with an average duration of 62 hours. The year also saw several key transformations in the training sector:

  • the Group’s campus at Saclay was opened in August 2016, not far from the EDF Lab research teams, as well as prestigious engineering schools and universities. This campus, open to its environment and rich in terms of apprenticeships and innovation, is the latest addition to those at Cannington Court, officially opened in 2015 by EDF Energy near the new Hinkley Point EPR (evolutionary power reactor) site, and at Lomme which, managed by Dalkia, focuses on energy services ;
  • the Vocational Academies, in charge of adapting and optimising the Group’s training opportunities, expanded. Two new academies, one for energy services and the other for contract management, were added in 2016 to the 14 already operating in the Group’s other business activities in France. The programme was extended in 2016 to the United Kingdom, which now has seven academies managed by EDF Energy ;
  • digital technology was further integrated as part of training materials so that more distance learning students can take ever more modern and popular courses (virtual reality, augmented reality, simulators, MOOCs, serious games, e-learning modules, etc.) ;
  • furthermore, to better prepare for the future, EDF signed an agreement on 28 October 2016 covering the adaptation, transmission and development of skills between 2016 and 2019, in line with the Group’s CAP 2030 strategy. For the first time at EDF, this agreement brings together a broad scope of activities including workforce and skills planning, job mobility, career paths, training, work-study programmes and “generation contracts”.

The Group Management University, created in 2010, rounds off its training services. Aimed at manager, executive and potential manager training, it is one of the top 17 corporate training facilities worldwide, benefiting from international CLIP (corporate learning improvement process) accreditation. In 2016, almost 1,000 senior and potential senior managers followed Group Management University training courses.

Work-study programmes

EDF Group has been promoting work-study programmes for many years, considering them a means of achieving training excellence for and social integration of young and marginalised people. Accordingly, since the signature of the first work-study programme agreement in 2010, EDF Group and, more particularly, EDF and Enedis, go beyond legal requirements in France to take on work-study programme trainees, track their development and help them get a job.

The 2016 results reflect this momentum: 6,000 work-study programme trainees within EDF Group, including 3,380 at EDF and 1,730 at Enedis. Of the trainees who completed their contract, 97% obtained their diploma and 86% were given a job or training at the end of their contract with EDF.

Reflecting the Group’s commitment to work-study programmes, in the autumn of 2016, Jean-Bernard Lévy became Chairman of the Fondation Innovations pour les apprentissages, an apprenticeship innovation foundation in which many major groups in France invest.