The global energy landscape has changed significantly in recent years. Faced with global warming, the increasing scarcity of raw materials and the inequality in sources of supply, the energy transition has gradually become a necessity to reduce the energy-related environmental impact while at the same time supporting growing energy needs.
ENGIE is committed to addressing these energy challenges of the coming decades by putting responsible growth of its businesses to rise to the challenges of the energy transition towards a low-carbon economy. For the Group, nuclear energy, as a low carbon source of electricity with high availability factors and easy access to fuel, is a significant contributor, in countries that have made this choice, to the energy transition.
ENGIE is one of the few European groups with more than 50 years of nuclear-related expertise all along the nuclear value chain, developing expert skills in engineering, procurement, construction and installation, operations and maintenance, nuclear fuel cycle, radioactive waste management, decommissioning. Besides ENGIE’s extensive experience as a leading European nuclear operator, the Group’s ambitions in nuclear services activities can be summarized as follows:
- Strengthening engineering services, revamping and maintenance activities at existing facilities – including for Long Term Operations programs;
- Strengthening construction and installation activities for Nuclear New Build projects including large nuclear research installations worldwide;
- Developing offerings in connection with spent fuel & radioactive waste management and decommissioning & dismantling of nuclear facilities;
- Developing the existing competences in project development and operational readiness type of services, addressed to developers, vendors, state-owned or private utilities, regulators or governments.
Nuclear safety is the essential guiding thread and the key consideration at every stage of ENGIE’s nuclear activities.
An HR tool fo the group’s nuclear strategy
To roll out our strategy and achieve our nuclear ambitions, we need the very best talent. ENGIE currently employs over 6,000 individuals with specific nuclear competencies. These specialists’ skills are built around an advanced level of technical knowledge and exacting standards in terms of approach and nuclear safety culture.
In the years ahead, over 2,000 engineers and technicians are set to join one of our nuclear entities to replace current staff who will be retiring and to ensure continuity and the further development of our ongoing projects.
Attracting and retaining talent is a top priority in terms of the Group’s nuclear strategy. With this in mind, in 2006 the Nuclear Development Division (NDD) launched the Nuclear Trainees Program—Junior (NTP—J).
Nuclear trainees program – junior
In 2006, ENGIE launched the Nuclear Trainees Program –Junior (NTP-J). This original recruitment and training program, the NTP-J is geared towards young engineers either nearing the end of their degree courses, who have recently graduated, or who have less than three years’ professional experience. Whilst being employed by one of the ENGIE’s nuclear entities, the trainees follow a course lasting approximately 400 hours in France and Belgium, alongside their professional work.
The NTP—J enables these junior engineers joining ENGIE to become nuclear ‘generalists’ whilst at the same time building up a solid network of contacts within the Group.
NTP seeks to achieve the following:
- Give trainees an insight into and general overview of all aspects of the Group’s nuclear activities and business;
- Enable trainees to meet nuclear actors within the Group (to build up a network of contacts, share best practices, promote mobility and synergy between all the Group’s entities worldwide);
- Offer a tailor-made course combining both theoretical knowledge and practical projects.
The training modules, to which trainees devote one week per month, are designed to develop three core competencies: technical (the business itself), behavioral and cross-functional as Project Management. Technical tests at the beginning and end of each training program assess how the young engineers’ knowledge is developing. Combining practical training with day-to-day operational constraints gives trainees a thorough overview of the Group’s nuclear businesses.
Le NTP-J in a nutshell:
- 400 hours of training;
- One week of training per month over a period of one year;
- Technical modules: safety, nuclear security, radiation protection, the basics of nuclear technology, fuel cycle, pressurized water reactors, management of spent fuel and decommissioning, maintenance of nuclear power stations, etc.;
- Non-technical modules to develop the core competencies required of all nuclear managers: Project Management, communication, leadership, managerial behavior, etc.;
- Trainees recruited on open-ended contracts and to an operational function within one of the Group’s 11 nuclear entities.
years of expertise in nuclear power
reactors in operation in Belgium
of nuclear capacity
subsidiaries expert in all areas of nuclear power
More than 9,000
employees specialized in nuclear power