Inetum, European leader in digital services and solutions, welcomed 82 young graduates in Belgium to its acADDemICT Track programme in September (at Inetum-Realdolmen). This special three-month programme is organised twice a year and consists of 13 different tracks from which the participants can choose, based on their personal preferences and the positions they will hold. At the end of the programme, Inetum continues to offer the participants personal follow-up. During their first year the participants receive training and coaching, which will take up around 30% of their time.
Recruitment through a range of channels
Inetum-Realdolmen organised a rigorous selection round to determine whether the candidates would be a good fit with the company, and assess the candidates’ competencies, motivation and attitude. No fewer than 82 young graduates started Inetum-Realdolmen's acADDemICT Track this September, which is 26 more than in the same period last year.
Surprisingly, the primary way in which participants were recruited was through referrals made by existing Inetum-Realdolmen employees (32% of participants). A further 15% of the acADDemICTs moved directly to the programme after finishing their internship at the company. 4% of the participants were already working at Inetum-Realdolmen before they started the programme, while 49% of the newcomers were recruited through external channels.
‘At Inetum-Realdolmen, we are keen to encourage our colleagues to recruit new workers. Our colleagues have excellent networks for this, and are also able to assess whether someone would be a good fit. Through our referral system, our recruitment team receives recommendations for suitable profiles from colleagues. If someone is recruited and stays with us for at least three months, the colleague who recommended them receives a well-deserved bonus. While a bonus is always welcome, the main reason we use this system is to show our appreciation to colleagues who are true ambassadors for our organisation even when they are not at work’, Human Resources Director Ann De Ryck explained. Cooptation accounts for 30% of the Group's 7,000 recruitments worldwide by 2022.
A highly diverse group of participants
Inetum-Realdolmen is committed to diversity and inclusion, and this is reflected in the group of participants. They represent a mix of genders, ages, nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.
‘This group's strength is its diversity, and that is reflected in the range of tracks we offer. The tracks are not intended solely for purely IT profiles, as they also cover wider fields within the sector. As a result, people who do not have an IT background can still participate in the programme’, Mrs De Ryck explained.
Once the young graduates have completed their training, they will start working on a project at one of our clients with the support of a team leader. During their first year they will receive training and coaching, which will take up around 30% of their time.
The acADDemICT Track programme
The acADDemICT Track*, which was introduced in 1999, begins twice a year, in February and September. This unique twelve-week programme is designed for recent graduates, employees with up to two years’ work experience, and people in totally unrelated sectors who are considering a career switch. The programme builds on the knowledge and skills the participants have gained during their education or work experience, and supplements this with specific hard (technical) and soft skills that they develop through a hybrid learning approach. The intention is that they will start working as IT professionals with specific specialisations, or as consultants at clients, once they have completed the programme.
The courses and workshops differ, depending on the chosen track. The focus is never solely on IT. Through blended learning, the participants acquire information on a variety of topics, including stress management, change management, agile working, functional analysis, presentation skills and technical insights. They also follow workshops and training courses on communication and active listening, and sufficient time is set aside for interaction and feedback. Once the programme has ended, the participants will receive personal support from more senior colleagues.
‘Our programme offers many career opportunities. Once they have completed their training, participants can start working as consultants or can start their career in the IT sector. Our CEO, Johnny Smets, Country Manager in Belgium, started out at Inetum-Realdolmen as a young graduate, so anything is possible’, Mrs De Ryck concluded.
*This year, the adADDemICT Track consists of 13 different tracks that participants can choose from. These tracks are: Junior .NET Developer, Junior Cloud Application and Integration Engineer, Junior Cloud Engineer Infrastructure, Junior Database Engineer, Junior DevOps Consultant, Junior Dynamics CE Consultant, Junior Dynamics F&O Consultant, Junior Salesforce Consultant, Junior Business & Functional Analyst, Junior Web Developer, Junior Java Consultant, Junior Full-stack DXP Developer, and Junior Office 365 Consultant.
The 82 participants in Inetum-Realdolmen’s acADDemICT Track
About Inetum, Positive digital flow:
Inetum is an agile IT services company that provides digital services and solutions, and a global group that helps companies and institutions to get the most out of digital flow. In a context of perpetual movement, where needs and usages are constantly being reinvented, the Inetum group is committed towards all these players to innovate, continue to adapt, and stay ahead. With its multi-expert profile, Inetum offers its clients a unique combination of proximity, a sectorial organisation, and solutions of industrial quality. Operating in more than 27 countries, the Group has nearly 27,000 employees and in 2021 generated revenues of €2.2 billion.
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Contact person at communication partner for Inetum in Belgium
Aurélie Decoster at Luna
+32 495 59 38 00
Inetum in Belgium Press Relations
Katrien de Raijmaeker
External Communications Manager