HM the King, accompanied by the Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, took part this morning at the Company’s headquarters in a day of support for young talent and excellence, during which he presented the Scholarships corresponding to various training programs promoted by Iberdrola and its Foundation for 2022-2023.
During the event, Galán thanked the Crown for its “continued involvement in promoting talent and employability” and said that, for Iberdrola, “the person is the center of all economic and social activity, and this is what I believe makes a company great, its social commitment and its sensitivity to the needs of the environment, its social dividend”.
Iberdrola’s social dividend is reflected in its responsibility towards the environment; in its 12,000 volunteers; in the more than 350 million euros dedicated annually to innovation; and in the fact that, in the past year alone, nearly 4,500 new professionals have joined the group.
Iberdrola continues to have a driving effect on thousands of suppliers with its investments and purchases of around 18,000 million euros, with which it supports more than 400,000 jobs throughout its value chain. In addition, this activity has continued to contribute more than 7.8 billion euros to public coffers in 2022. In the company, talent is promoted, attracted, identified, and managed in different processes and programs managed through its Foundation and Talent area.
This morning, men and women, examples of success in different fields, took the floor to share their experiences after receiving training thanks to the company’s Master’s scholarships and through the Impulsa Program, the Electricians’ School, and the agreement signed between the company and UNICEF, among others.
Finally, the beneficiaries received from the hand of His Majesty the King a diploma certifying the award of the various grants created by Iberdrola to promote talent and promote excellence in the training of new generations.
These are the following programs:
- Iberdrola International Master’s Scholarship Program: with the current call for Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Brazil, young people will boost their professional careers thanks to this line of financial aid. They will complete their postgraduate training at prestigious universities with professional opportunities for the future.
- The Energy for Future Postdoctoral Research Program benefits postdoctoral researchers for 5 years who will develop their work on technologies associated with the energy transition in collaboration with prestigious universities in Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the United States, and Mexico.
- The Fulbright Commission Scholarships, a line of postgraduate scholarships in the United States in fields related to Iberdrola’s activities in energy, environment, and technology.
- Scholarships awarded in collaboration with the Carolina Foundation, a program of postgraduate scholarships in Spanish universities to further the studies of university graduates from Latin America in areas related to energy and climate change.
- Restoration Training and Research Scholarships with the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and El Prado for young restorers in these internationally renowned art galleries.
In addition to the scholarships awarded today, Iberdrola maintains, among others, a line of aid for the Promotion of STEM for young people from socioeconomically vulnerable backgrounds; the ICAI Scholarship program, aimed at financing university studies related to the energy sector for students with limited economic resources; or the Scholarships developed together with the Spanish Paralympic Committee, aimed at facilitating the professional training of athletes with a view to their labor integration once their career in sports is over.
Furthermore, in a firm commitment by the Iberdrola Group to promote young talent, 300 places have been offered in the two calls of its International Graduate Program.
On the other hand, and as an example of Iberdrola’s interest in training young people, in 2022 the company has incorporated more than 1,600 young interns who have been able to take their first professional steps in a leading company in the energy sector and develop new skills and abilities that will help them to boost their future career.
In this regard, more than 30,000 young people have joined Iberdrola in the last decade, some of whom did so thanks to a scholarship and are already occupying important positions in the company.
In addition to the young scholarship recipients, the event was attended by the Secretary of State for Education, José Manuel Bar Cendón; the Ambassador of Qatar, Abdulla bin Ibrahim Abdulrahman Sultan Al Hamar; the Ambassador of Australia, Sophia Ross McIntyre; the Rector of the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Enrique Sanz Giménez-Rico; as well as members of the Board of Directors and executives of Iberdrola.