Upskill

We are investing in this programme now because we believe in our future – and a key part of that future is bringing new talent into the organisation, not only to support and contribute to our business, but also to challenge us

Stefan Syrén, President & CEO

In Search of Brilliant Minds: Upskill, Our New Trainee Programme

During late Autumn 2020, Gunnebo invited university graduates from around the world to join a newly established trainee programme, Upskill, which was launched in February 2021. Nine talented graduates were selected from seven different nations.

Gunnebo has been investing in leadership development via a portfolio of programmes for many years; Upskill is an important and exciting addition.

The Upskill programme is designed to support the specific needs of the Business Units and has been coordinated at Group Level by Human Resources. Each graduate will take up a role within a Business Unit for one year.

During an internal recruitment process, Gunnebo also selected nine mentors, or “buddies”, to supervise the new trainees. The buddies were selected from among high performers who are seeking challenges and opportunities to grow inside the company.

Both the trainees and their buddies will attend online training from the ESCP Business School in London and will work towards a diploma. Meanwhile, the trainees will learn the job and conduct a development-oriented project at work. The core idea of Upskill is thereby to combine fresh, outside ideas with internal insights.

“We are investing in this programme now because we believe in our future – and a key part of that future is bringing new talent into the organisation, not only to support and contribute to our business, but also to challenge us,” says Stefan Syrén, President & CEO.

“As an international, culturally diverse organisation, Gunnebo is a company where graduates can really bloom. Our hope is that the trainees will develop with us and become the future of the company while injecting us with energy and lots of new competence.”