Salini Impregilo continues collaboration with Politecnico Di Milano, signs accord with University of Technology Sydney11 October 2018
Salini Impregilo has inaugurated the third edition of the Master’s in International Construction Management organized with the Politecnico di Milano university in Milan, Italy, just a few days after signing an agreement of collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney, a leading university in Australia.
“We consider attracting young talent essential for creating a long-term vision for the company. In the last three years, we have dedicated particular attention to university students and graduates. Together with them and our managers, we aim to build a class of leaders for the future, continuing to invest in training,” said Salini Impregilo Chief Executive Pietro Salini at the Master’s inauguration.
The agreement in Sydney will see the setting up of a partnership in which Salini Impregilo will be a sponsor of a bursary for female engineering students. The initiative will help the Group attract new resources for its projects in a country where it is taking part in tenders for projects worth billions of euros, it said in a statement.
Today, Salini Impregilo has a workforce that is on average under 35 years of age. It is scouting universities across the globe, in particular in the US where it wants to attract and train young engineers who are starting their careers, offering them a cross-functional programme within the company. This is what was offered to participants of previous editions of the Master’s programme at the Politecnico di Milano. They have since gone on to work with Salini Impregilo at construction sites in cities on diverse continents, such as Perth, Dubai, Copenhagen, Milan, Doha. They have also joined cross-border projects like the Brenner Base Tunnel between Italy and Austria.
The Master’s programme offers training in English for students from all over the world. It includes classroom lessons as well as training on site. Since 2016, when the first edition of the Master’s was launched, there have been 60,000 hours of training for young graduates, 30% of whom came from outside Italy and 20% were women. Their degrees range from Civil, Mechanical, Environmental and Territorial Engineering, Building Systems Engineering, Structural Engineering and Architecture, Structural Engineering, Management Engineering and similar specialties.
“Like every other investment, attracting young talent demands an initial cost and a bit of courage,” Salini said. “But the investment not only repays itself over time but also strengthens the Group’s ability to renew itself and grow worldwide and rise to the challenges of the future.
“We want to link the past with the future by strengthening the ties between our two greatest assets: our managers and today’s young talent,” Salini added. “I have faith in the future and the value that a Group like Salini Impregilo – together with young talent - will create in the world.”