How we support employment for young people and for the differently able
Graduate Programme: we offer targeted training and professional experience, on a rotation basis, to 20 graduates with particularly outstanding academic backgrounds.
Additionally, for the second year, Generali Italia is taking part in the Talent Days project, an initiative aimed at employees’ children transitioning from study and work. Talent Days provide career guidance on techniques for actively seeking employment, particularly focusing on the internet and social media. They were organised with the support of the HR Community Academy (a network of HR managers). In 2014, these Talent Days were once again greatly appreciated by the 150 employees’ children who took part, with their enthusiasm rubbing off on their parents, on the coaches and on the HR managers of major multinationals, who came to share the benefits of their professional experience.
The directors and managers were available to answer participants’ questions, clear up any doubts, correct CVs and simulate job interviews.
Contrat de Generation (Generational Contract) aims to promote the training and hiring of 300 under-30s in 2013-2015, and to provide a lifelong learning programme to personnel with a long length of service, in addition to the option of part-time work. In 2014, Generali France hired 126 young adults and enrolled 20.6% of its most senior workers in the continuous training programme.
The apprenticeship policy, adopted by Generali France several years ago to recruit young apprentices, has become one of the pillars of our hiring policy. It is a particularly effective tool for candidates with high-level profiles or specific professional skills (e.g. statistical and actuarial sciences, underwriting, information technology, marketing or financial controlling), which are valuable in our industry.
We recruit apprentices for a period of one to two years, during which time they alternate work with periods of study. In 2014, there were 326 apprentices in the company, almost 60% of whom were enrolled on a postgraduate master’s course. Over 50% of the apprentices worked in key departments for our industry: the actuary, underwriting, insurance management, claims, marketing and digital offices, as well as human resources, IT, communications, finance, audit and management control.
Of those that had graduated the previous year, 68 were hired by Generali on a permanent contract and 28 on a short-term contract, while 34 began preparing for a new apprenticeship.
Every year, on average, half of the apprentices that finish their studies remain at Generali on a new contract, while the others are offered advice and support while they seek work.
In addition, for the eighth consecutive year, Generali France has partnered with ADAPT (Association pour l’insertion sociale et professionnelle des personnes handicapée) in the organisation of the event, also attending a series of meetings on the issue with European Parliament representatives.
- Austria: we offer training programmes to talented young people from 16 to 18 years of age, with the ultimate goal of working for the group.
- Brazil: we participate in the Jovens Aprendizes government apprenticeship programme, offering young adults professional experience and a gateway into the job market.
- Switzerland: Graduate Programme - we offer 18-month training apprenticeships in the group’s various international departments to talented young graduates between 26 and 30, with a view to their future employment in managerial roles.
- Germany: in 2014, following a targeted professional training course, we hired 130 talented young graduates with master’s degrees. We launched the Career-Blog, an online platform dedicated to career opportunities in the group.
- Ireland: we participate in the Transition Year programme, hosting a secondary school student, and the National Actuarial Internship. Every year we take on two interns from the National University of Ireland. We work with Generali Svizzera on international career paths for the best graduates.
- Spain: Generali Talent - 86% of the young adults that received training were hired by the group. We have agreements with local foundations and Institutions (Fundación Adecco, Samma, etc.) for the recruitment of disabled employees.