GE employs over 100,000 people in Europe across 1,000+ locations, 144 manufacturing sites and 50+ industry research centres across the continent. From Europe GE exports over $11 billion of great technologies, products and services to markets across the globe. Attracting and retaining talent is key to the company’s growth and development as a digital industrial in the region. This is one of the reasons why GE is participating in initiatives to support and grow quality entry level opportunities for young talent in Europe through internships and apprenticeships.
In 2015 GE became part of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship. Through the Alliance, GE pledged to create 3,000 internships annually across Europe and set a target of filling 30% of its own entry-level positions with interns and apprentices beginning in 2016. GE also subscribed to the European Pact for Youth, with whom they share a target of creating 10,000 Business-Education Partnerships as well as 100,000 quality traineeships, apprenticeships and entry-level jobs by 2017. By investing $2.7 million and partnering with the Institute of International Education, they were able to develop a Scholar-Leaders Programme, which seeks to develop the next generation of student leaders in Europe.
GE has provided leadership training through scholarship and summer seminars to 514 students in Central and Eastern Europe – namely Hungary, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic. Participants are selected from 5 different universities in each country, and the scholarship programme has now reached its tenth year, with hours of program volunteering totalling well above 4,000.