At Tetra Pak, we take a proactive approach to our future talent. This is more important than ever as our industry faces future skills shortages in science, technology, engineering and maths. We’re tackling the skills gap where it starts: with young people.
Our global Future Talent Programme is a strategic long-term approach to harness and develop the next generation of talented employees. It involves establishing partnerships with selected universities, hiring an annual cohort of promising graduates and providing them with globally-structured training and development.
In 2018 another 180 graduates have joined us around the world bringing the total number up to 350. Participants from the previous program are successfully completing their learning journeys with overall very positive feedback from both graduates and managers. Only 4% have left us, and 100 technical track participants have already completed the program and are continuing their journey of growth in Tetra Pak
We are using this program to continue to strengthen both our national and gender diversity – though hiring female engineering talent is difficult, and we have not managed to reach our targets here. Our third round of recruiting for the 2019 program has started, and we are excited to bring on board the next wave of talent.
“I was surprised by the genuine appreciation my colleagues have for Tetra Pak and its products and the way they embrace the company values. I was also instantly in love with the cultural diversity I found in my team.” - Lisa Giovetti, Future Talent recruit
“Being part of the Tetra Pak community gives a unique opportunity to not only get insights into the future of the CPG industry but also to use the information to support our customers to grow.” - Meike Behrens, Future Talent recruit
We believe that learning on the job and from colleagues is the most effective way to develop talent. All our graduate-hires work for us in ‘real jobs’ while undertaking a comprehensive development programme. On completion of the course, we offer employment to all our Future Talent graduates.
Graduates are trained through one of three tracks:
Leadership: a 24-month programme with the aim to develop broad business knowledge in an international environment.
Technical: a 12-month programme with the focus of developing engineering capabilities in an accelerated way.
Internship: a variable length induction phase with the focus to provide a technical foundation for students before embarking on their project assignment.
“I’m really proud of this programme, and I’m confident we're going to hire even more brilliant graduates this year – and the year after that! We have really upped our recruitment efforts and – so far – the feedback is really encouraging.” – Gabriele Youd, Director Future Talent & Future Work
Our global mentoring programme is for employees we identify with leadership potential who have been with us between five and ten years. We specifically focus on employees that we view as representing a minority, for example women or employees from Asia. The programme includes a year of mentoring, where we connect experienced managers with emerging leaders and offer monthly mentoring meetings and job shadowing. We started our fourth programme in January 2018.
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