The EDF Group Corporate University is one of the 16 corporate universities run by international groups to have been awarded the CLIP label, after an assessment by professional experts from different sectors. It was initially granted in 2008 for 3 years. This label recognises the high level of values, standards and quality achieved by the Group University in terms of training and of both individual and collective development.
Founded in 2005, the goal of the EDF Group Corporate University is to offer training or activities to promote the Group's culture, focusing on sustainable performance in terms of management. It acts as a platform for sharing strategies and important shared themes (such as diversity, technological developments, international deregulation, management methods and social and economic performance). In 2011, EDF decided to open up its university to all of the Group's managers around the world - from front-line managers to directors - increasing the number of people targeted from 1,000 to 12,000.
In 2011, for the first time, over 1,200 managers have received training that has taken place almost throughout the Group, not only in France, but also in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Poland. The training is conducted in French and English, and is provided by a mix of professional trainers and experienced managers. The first courses addressed the challenge of the joint development of the Group's managers.
The European Foundation for Management Development team highlighted this remarkable transformation: "The University has been given a new status within the company, giving it the strategic impact that is needed. In a short space of time, the University has been given the resources it needs to respond to this challenge, with a broad range of programmes and services."
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