• How are technology suppliers dealing with attracting young professionals to the industry?



  • Nora Yap, Clariant Catalysts, Nora.Yap@clariant.com

    We need to ensure the fundamentals are right. Offering candidates competitive salaries and benefits and ensuring employees are supported in their continued growth without compromising their work-life balance are key. Fostering an innovative and inclusive work environment is also about having a purpose they can believe in, where their contribution matters. Additionally, if we further foster openness and trust within the organisation, we can ensure not only talent attraction but also talent retention.



  • Mathilde Nerrant, Axens, Mathilde.NERRANT@axens.net

    Axens Group provides a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates, the chemical recycling of plastics, all natural gas treatment and conversion options along with water treatment and carbon capture.
    The offer includes technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services. Axens is ideally positioned to cover the entire value chain, from feasibility study to unit start-up and follow-up throughout the entire unit life cycle.

    This unique position ensures the highest level of performance with a reduced environmental footprint. As a key player in energy transition, Axens Group offers many guarantees to young professionals willing to join the energy industry. These promises stand for both their professional and personal development, which is facilitated by four major HR levers that support our employer brand:

    Empower yourself
    At Axens, you can choose how to take your future into your own hands: at your own pace, independently, but not alone. Personalised training, career paths, taking on responsibilities, geographical or intra-group mobility, you decide how you venture forward, and we will build a secure future together.

    Working at Axens is also about building and living your success story in France or abroad. Working in energy performance for major industrial companies on a large scale, international projects with our subsidiaries around the world is a daily reality. As a young professional, you can quickly meet our customers and suppliers from different countries who speak different languages and exchange with them on a daily basis.

    Diversity and inclusion
    Within the Group, we all interact with men and women of more than 50 nationalities, different cultures, generations, professions and backgrounds guided by a common ambition: to take the challenges of energy transition further. The goal is that we like to live to the full at Axens by continuously challenging stereotypes and clichés. It is the foundation of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Only talent and personality matter to us.

    Let us put it straight. Axens has obtained the label ‘Happy at work’ for the ninth consecutive year. Young graduates and professionals are also forging lasting relationships thanks to strong values embodied by all Axens communities throughout the world. It is not by chance that most of our people make the decision to build a long career path with Axens.


  • Louise Maratos, KBC (A Yokogawa Company),

    Technology suppliers are increasingly recognising the importance of attracting young professionals to the industry. Companies are leveraging modern technologies not only to enhance their products and services, but also to streamline their recruitment and onboarding processes. These companies are using applications that offer multi-channel sourcing, making it more convenient for candidates to apply for jobs matching their skills profile and interests. They also encourage engagement via specific young professional/graduate websites.

    Emphasising a flexible work environment, work-life balance, and an innovative culture resonates with Gen Z’s aspirations. Moreover, offering opportunities for skill development and career growth, along with a commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, must be actively integrated into recruitment strategies.
    Adapting to the preferences and values of this younger workforce is crucial to ensuring the industry remains vibrant and competitive.

    In Europe, collaborating with schools and colleges encourages young adults to pursue STEM careers. We are establishing partnerships with open opportunities within our organisation for internships across technology and consulting, giving young people insight and experience in our industry. Additionally, a junior network is in place to facilitate discussions on various topics of interest with our global experts, which actively engages with relevant universities.