May 5, 2015
It’s only May, and so far 2015 has been a banner year for Agrium on the Accolades and Awards front. We’ve been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America, a Top Diversity Employer, and now we can add one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People to that list.
For the third year in a row, Mediacorp has recognized Agrium as a Top Employer for Young People. Now in its 13th year, this is an award that recognizes the nation’s leaders when it comes to attracting and retaining younger workers. Employers are evaluated primarily on how they grow their employees through training, mentorship, and career management programs; since Agrium has won this award three times in a row, we must be doing something right.
This award recognizes the nation’s leaders when it comes to attracting and retaining younger workers.
Attracting dynamic young talent is fundamental to Agrium’s future competitiveness, says Mike Webb, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources. “There are a lot of things happening in terms of innovation and technology, and the younger generation really gets that. If we’re not bringing in young people, then we run some significant risks to the commercial success of our business.”
Agrium was recognized for our many initiatives for young employees including:
- Paid internships for co-op students and new grads
- Two-year rotational program for new graduates
- Company supported training/apprenticeships for tradespeople
- Tuition reimbursement for employees interested in further education
- The Young Professionals Network (YPN) for employees up to age 35 helps its members communicate and collaborate across different business units to build their own networks and business knowledge
- 20 per cent of Agrium’s workforce is between 25 and 34 years old.
The YPN focuses on networking, business knowledge and community involvement, to help Agrium's younger employees communicate and collaborate across different business units, and the Agrium Diversity Inclusion Council fully supports these efforts.
Other key programs targeted towards inspiring young people include: our internships and summer student programs, the Engineer-in-Training program, Marketers-in-Training, and a six-month agronomy program in partnership with Purdue University, which boasts one of the world’s top agronomy programs.
For those in the trades, Agrium manages apprenticeship programs for instrumentation technicians, millwrights, steamfitters/pipefitters, heavy duty mechanics, industrial mechanics, and welders.
Many young professionals are coming into the workforce trying to find a workplace where they can identify with the culture, make an impact, or even have influence. Agrium values young employees, and strives to provide these opportunities, every day.
For the full list of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for 2015 visit: www.canadasTop100.com/young_people.