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18th April 2016

Hager Group opens its doors to 100 engineering students

On Thursday 31st March, 100 students were welcomed to Hager Forum in Obernai, right at the heart of Hager Group’s biggest production site. This initiative, called ‘Ingénieur’e : oser’ (‘Dare! Discover careers in engineering’), aims to encourage students to consider a career in industry and give them a taste of what it is really like to work in this sector.

This was the third year that the event took place. It comprised seven thematic and professional workshops, sixty speed-recruiting sessions for internship positions and a lot of conversations with Hager Group employees. This year a fifth regional school came on board and joined the initiative.

Étienne Gancel, Industrial Engineering Director at Hager Group and head of the project, said, “Improving diversity in terms of gender and culture allows the Hager Group to become very intercultural (with 85 nationalities currently represented), which attracts more talent and makes our teams more effective and creative. For two years now we have been encouraging female students to consider working in R&D or industrial engineering, sectors where women only make up five per cent of the workforce.”

Once again, Hager Group CEO Daniel Hager launched the event with a speech in which he confirmed his conviction that “diversity is an asset for the future” of the group.

So what did the students think? One fourth-year female student said, “I really appreciated the atmosphere here at Hager Group today. It is communicative and open, and people are interested in our skills rather than our gender, so I could imagine working here.” Sonia Wanner, Director of ECAM, an engineering school in Strasbourg, said in conclusion, “The fact that an international company such as Hager Group is so exemplary in terms of diversity sends out a strong message that is capable in itself of bringing about great changes, especially as it is backed up by specific actions. ”

Once again, the team behind ‘Ingénieur’e : oser’ achieved their objective and the event was a great success. Don’t miss next year’s edition!

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