Aecom's Middle East Professional Development Program (PDP) has welcomed its most diverse intake since the scheme’s inception six years ago.
As part of a wider diversity and inclusion plan, Aecom's talent acquisition team attracted an intake comprising 12 different nationalities and an almost equal gender split.
To ensure the best candidate for each role while retaining a focus on diversity, Aecom's search extended to universities across the UAE as well as Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt and India. In addition, the company strives to have a female representative at all graduate recruitment events while recruitment campaigns showcase the diverse background of past graduates, the company stated.
Daniel Flifel, Talent Acquisition Lead, Middle East & Africa, Aecom, said: “We set out this year to have the most inclusive and diverse graduate mix we have ever had in the Middle East. Our recruiters used metrics to ensure the screening and selection process was as diverse as possible to allow hiring managers to interview a portfolio of different candidates against each role. This ensured we are not just hiring diverse candidates for the sake of it, but also that they are the best candidate for the role itself.”
The PDP is designed to bridge the gap between formal education and the workplace. The two-year program equips graduates with the necessary skills to kick-start their careers. Comprising a range of core competencies and training, graduates take part in site visits as well as social, learning and networking events contributing to their professional growth and development.