Recruiting and training qualified young talent is a central aspect of our HR strategy. For a technical company such as Linde, our ability to recruit highly qualified engineers is particularly important. We are actively involved in partnerships with universities and the research community beyond national boarders. Our aim here is to win students as soon as they graduate. We have numerous programmes of this kind in place in different regions, including our graduate programme for talented engineering students in Africa and our collaboration with six target universities in the South Pacific region.
We also offer work placements to give school children and university students the opportunity to get to know our company or to complete dissertations under the guidance of our specialists. In Germany, we maintain contact with past interns and trainees at Linde Engineering via our loyalty programme “Continue” and regularly organise talks, business exercises, workshops and other activities as part of this programme.
Entry programmes for graduates
Our in-house trainee and graduate programmes equip college and university graduates for a successful career at Linde. We offer business and technical development schemes within the different divisions and lines of business. These usually last between 16 and 24 months and include at least one stay abroad. The programmes provide an ideal, international platform for graduates to gain early professional experience in a range of areas and quickly build networks. We also offer regional opportunities for talented university graduates. At the start of 2012, for example, we launched a new graduate training programme in China.
We offer industrial/technical and commercial training opportunities worldwide. In Germany, for example, we offer apprenticeships in twelve professions. Depending on the division, either 94.9 or 95.5 percent of young people who completed their training were offered at least temporary contracts in 2011. In Germany, we partner with universities and third-level institutes that offer dual study programmes to train up-and-coming engineers in process technology, industrial engineering, construction and electrical engineering. In 2011, apprentices continued to account for 1.3 percent of the entire workforce. Over 60 percent of these were based in companies outside of Germany.