VINCI Energies in Belgium is active in industrial automation, energy, transport and communication infrastructure, building technology, fire protection and facility services through the brands Actemium, Axians, Cegelec, IZEN, Omexom and VINCI Facilities, as well as through various local brands. Despite the corona crisis, VINCI Energies was again able to recruit hundreds of new employees in Belgium, mainly technicians, project managers, project engineers and software developers. With the 300 new talents, both young graduates and people with experience, VINCI Energies Belgium now employs approximately 2,850 people.
The new employees are 50% French-speaking and 50% Dutch-speaking and will work in one of the 20 branches of the various VINCI Energies brands across the country. “Deploying people in their own region is part of a conscious strategy,” says Marc Lemaire, Managing Director of VINCI Energies in Belgium. “This allows our people to work close to home in a region with which they are familiar, both privately and professionally. Although we are a large group, we remain accessible and have a strong regional presence.”
Women in Technology
About a fifth of the new recruits are women. Under the banner of ‘Women in Technology’, there are several ongoing and planned initiatives to push this figure even higher. For instance, VINCI Energies in Belgium puts a female colleague in the spotlight every month on the group’s job portal. Sector federation Agoria also congratulated them for a good diversity policy and they entered into a partnership with X Kwadraat, which is committed to more gender equality at work. Moreover, Managing Director of VINCI Energies, Marc Lemaire, recently received the Bold Champion Award from Veuve Clicquot. A prize for a man whose concrete actions contribute to better representation and attention to women in society.
Marc Lemaire: “With this year’s new hires, we are perpetuating the group’s growth ambitions, which we are of course very pleased about. However, we never lose sight of our ambitions to make women more prominent in technical professions and sectors.”
Company knowledge and culture
VINCI Energies in Belgium has developed several initiatives and solutions to successfully integrate new employees. Although the ‘Welcome@VINCI Energies Day’ physically could not take place this year, new employees were already digitally introduced to their new colleagues from other departments, as well as to the upper management. In addition, they are given access to an onboarding app that helps them find their way around the company. Even before the first effective day at work, they are coached by more experienced colleagues, which contributes to the passing on of knowledge and the company culture.
Continued growth ambitions
In addition to the new recruitments, VINCI Energies in Belgium currently has about 300 open positions. Eddy Vandersmissen, HR Director of VINCI Energies in Belgium, comments: “In both the recruits and vacancies, we are mainly looking for profiles with a technical background, but we also regularly have open positions for support functions such as finance professionals, hr professionals, management assistants, etc. School leavers, people with a first experience as well as seasoned professionals are welcome. All vacancies can be viewed on the VINCI Energies in Belgium job platform.”