The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently launched its national initiative, Talent Forward, featuring companies committed to strengthening the workforce of today and growing a stronger workforce of tomorrow. With a focus on the actionable strategies companies are taking to close their respective workforce skills gaps through successful employer-led solutions, the U.S. Chamber Foundation unveiled a new art installation on the walls of the historic U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington D.C. called “Building the Workforce of the Future.”
Based on Novelis’ ongoing participation in the Chamber’s Education, Employment and Training Committee, Novelis’ Engineering Development Program (EDP) was selected to be featured in the year-long interactive lobby exhibit as a model program for how a company can effectively identify and close its skills gap. In addition to Novelis, the following companies/organizations are also featured: ExxonMobil, the Greater Houston Partnership, The Home Depot, IBM, Microsoft, PNC and Wyoming Machine.
Engineering experience and talent is a critical need at Novelis, as our engineers are at the forefront of developing and delivering new products for our customers. With that top-of-mind, Novelis created the Engineering Development Program, identifying the most qualified candidates and providing them with clear career paths to support future growth and development.
The program consists of technical, professional and leadership training conducted at Novelis’ 24 manufacturing facilities around the world over the course of four week-long sessions. The program includes classroom coursework, coaching, on-the-job projects and other development opportunities.
Upon completion of the program, Novelis works closely with each participant to provide a clear career path that aligns their interests and Novelis’ business needs across automation engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, process engineering and environmental health and safety.
This program has proven to accelerate the development of an early-career engineer as it provides them with knowledge of the end-to-end manufacturing process and an understanding of how their role aligns to it. In the six years that the EDP program has been in existence, over 350 early-career engineers have graduated.
To learn more about Novelis’ Engineering Development Program, along with other stories featured by Talent Forward, click here.