According to this wind turbine manufacturer, its Corporate University “transcends the traditional understanding of these institutions just focused on training courses”. Gamesa University offers a comprehensive talent life cycle management and encompasses a range of activities, such as organisation, recruiting, assessment, knowledge management and career training and professional experiences, in a single programme.
This initiative is intended to meet the needs of a changing business environment, which requires qualified and flexible human capital. “A company's talent is not immune to the social, economic, technological and regulatory changes taking place around it,” said Juana Mª Fernández, Gamesa’s Managing Director for Human Resources. “The speed and frequency of corporate change and the emergence of the knowledge-based economy require that we develop initiatives to promote branding and talent attraction, which will assist us in becoming an ‘employer of reference’ and help to boost our employees’ commitment to and alignment with the company’s strategy and culture.”
To this end, the availability of information and communication technologies represents an opportunity for effective staff development management. “This idea began to take shape in 2008 in response to the needs of expanding worldwide and hiring global talent,” said Eduardo García Gerboles, Director of the Gamesa Corporate University. “At that moment, we started to discuss the need of establishing an institution to guarantee the employability of our workforce and include comprehensive management of activities that direct impact professional development. To this end, this programme transcends the traditional understanding of these institutions at most companies, since in our case, and as part of the same project, we are including comprehensive employee talent management."
Focused on the entire value chain
The Gamesa Corporate University is global in scope, making it accessible to the company’s more than 6,300 employees worldwide at headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Europe, the United States, China and India. The University is structured in a corporate and an operational scope, made up of colleges and business schools. The corporate scope includes three areas: recruiting and assessment, knowledge management and training, and organisation and professional experiences. Meanwhile, the business schools will be hubs for training in fields such as management and leadership.
The Gamesa Corporate University is made up of campuses, both in-person and online and also it has training facilities in Noáin (Navarra, Spain) and in the US. In China and India, training centres are under development. The educational facilities will be fully outfitted with the latest equipment and materials (electrical control cabinets, G8X and G5X nacelles, generators and gearboxes, first shaft section, wind turbine hubs and complete blades, etc.
With 30 manufacturing facilities in Europe, USA, China and India, and 4,400 MW of annual manufacturing capacity, Gamesa has an international workforce of more than 6,300 people.
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