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Talent is more than just a set of skills. Air Liquide’s talents are its people, who – through their abilities, passion and efforts – bring success to the Group. Investing in our people, empowers our company and transforms our country.
Talent is more than just a set of skills
At Air Liquide, Training and Development is one of the most important aspects of our lives at work. With an everchanging world, we need to keep up and this allows us to do so. Our dedicated training team designs a training schedule with different types of training programs to ensure that Air Liquide caters for their employee's every need.
At the heart of Air Liquide’s retention strategy is our ability to promote mobility internally. This opens up a wide range of possibilities for employees and enables Air Liquide to reap the benefits of a culture rich in diverse talents. Our strong internal mobility practices keep employees motivated, productive and engaged, which – in turn – instills a sense of internal opportunity where we can continuously leverage our staff base as a key sourcing pool.
In order to have a sustainable competitive edge, we encourage and promote technical expertise through global innovative solutions for our customers, enlarged offerings and efficient operations. To increase our growth, we are committed to strengthening our world business lines by further developing our employees’ competencies and expertise and by sharing this knowledge worldwide.
The TCL programme has helped to entrench a second important career path within the Group. The technical expertise path is truly complementary to the managerial path and runs parallel with it. Both are essential to the strength of our business. The programme also accurately represents the full spectrum of Air Liquide’s activities, countries of operation and areas of technical expertise.
The aim of the TCL is to promote the development of innovative products and services, thus meeting the future needs of the organisation. In Sub-Saharan Africa we currently have 54 experts, 10 of whom are international experts in different technical areas.
Expertise in any field is recognised, and rewarded. The transfer of knowledge across the Air Liquide Group is encouraged and facilitated by concrete actions and programmes such as the TCL.
"My expertise was recognised."
Lawrence Vilakazi , Quality and Analytical International ExpertRead more
I started working at Air Liquide in 1984 as a Speciality Gas Laboratory Analyst. I was then promoted to the position of Production Manager and Manager of the laboratories.
I was appointed as an international technical expert in 2011.
I felt very happy that my expertise was recognised. My appointment also meant that I started receiving queries from the whole of Africa, the Middle East, Brazil and other parts of the world. From a mobility perspective, I started travelling a lot and sharing my knowledge with other teams globally.
My journey at Air Liquide has been nothing short of amazing!
Developing an environment in which employees continuously create, acquire and transfer knowledge is one of the Group’s ambitions. Through the achievement of this objective, Air Liquide will transform itself into a learning organisation.
In 2015, over 340 employees participated in more than one full day of training, including a learnership programme where Air Liquide was used as a foundation for teaching participants basic chemistry principles. The classes took place over weekends and incorporated the Industrial Management System (IMS) and the promotion of a safe working environment. Thirty-four students successfully completed the 12-month programme, realising our vision of becoming a learning organisation. In 2016, we will see many more such programmes.
To help future graduates discover our business and job opportunities, Air Liquide develops close relationships with schools and universities all over the world.
As innovation is at our core, we aim to find dynamic, hard-working individuals to join Air Liquide’s world-class working environment. The building blocks of our talent pool are the various campus relation initiatives we organise annually with some the top universities in South Africa, such as the Wits Careers & Interns Fairs.
Air Liquide also invites students to expand their creativity by participating in global programmes such as the i-Lab Design Contest and the most recent programme, the Essentials Molecules Challenge. Through these initiatives, students can find creative solutions for applications and the environment.
The main objective of the eight-week Vacation Work Programme is to attract young, dynamic and intelligent engineering students. When joining this programme, a mentor and project will be assigned to you, thus giving you the opportunity not only to complete your required practical work towards your engineering degree, but to gain a unique insight into Air Liquide’s daily operations.
With the scarcity of critical technical skills a growing reality in the South African industrial sector, internships and apprenticeship programmes are a great way to realise Air Liquide’s long-term vision of identifying, developing and absorbing young, innovative individuals.
Not only do these programmes give young people who have just entered the job market an opportunity to gain experiential learning towards their qualifications through structured mentorship and coaching, but they enable the Group to harness these talents from a young age, with a view to recruiting them and helping them realise their highest potential.
"I was interested in starting work but I knew that I needed to learn some skills and gain experience first. Therefore, an apprenticeship at Air Liquide was the right option for me".
Siphelo Malgas , Air Liquide Apprenticeship ProgrammeRead more
Through this apprenticeship I study for my qualification while I work and learn the necessary skills for the job. There are many benefits that comes with an apprenticeship. I am able to learn while I earn. An Apprenticeship is valuable to the youth in my field of study. Air liquide is one of the prominent companies that provides that valuable need to this country’s youth.
After this apprenticeship I will receive a technical certificate that demonstrates achievement of the technical skills, knowledge and understanding related to the wider industry. The competency qualification will show that I can perform well in my profession. I will also gain a range of transferable skills that include English, Maths, ICT, working with others and improving my own learning and problem solving.
We have thought of a great way for young people to enhance their skills and learn about the Air Liquide environment. It’s a five-year rotational programme that gives graduate entrants a taste of working in several departments and facilities. It could allow you to learn about a whole range of aspects of our business and corporate culture.
There are many talent management programmes and initiatives on which we could have modelled our programme, but we wanted one that best represents Air Liquide. For that reason, we chose the name Shosholoza, a Ndebele word which means “going forward together”.
The purpose of the Shosholoza Management Training Programme is to inject young, talented graduates into our Group and fast-track them into management roles through rotation into the different functional areas of the organisation.
The programme is performance-based and selection criteria are stringent. We aim to hire the top 10% of graduates in various disciplines of study from selected universities in South Africa. The success of the initiative will also be based on the fact that these young inductees will each be allocated a mentor to help them develop their career. Every mentor will remain with their mentee for the full five years of the programme. The mentors who are part of the executive team will guide and assist the young graduates’ professional progress. Human Resources are the custodians of the Shosholoza Management Training Programme project and our ambition is to nurture these young talents into becoming future leaders.
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