FLIP to the Future: young people discuss the future of Finmeccanica

Two hundred and thirty of Finmeccanica’s young new recruits will meet tomorrow from all around the world to discuss the future of the Group, the prospects for the development of its business and the opportunities for growth that the international realm in which we operate can offer them. The young recruits will engage in direct dialogue with management during the event, which will be broadcast live on the web, for the benefit of all those interested, both within and outside the Group, in the topics under discussion during the day.

The event, which will take place at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, will be the closing ceremony of FLIP (Finmeccanica Learning Induction Programme), a course for the Group’s newly recruited graduates designed to promulgate Finmeccanica's distinctive values, instill a sense of belonging into the participants and give them the tools they need to familiarize themselves with the workings of the organization in an effective manner.

This will be the first time that these young people, drawn from five different countries (UK, USA, Italy, France and Sweden), meet face-to-face after spending eight months interacting with each other in the virtual world, together with the HR tutors and the managers that have been their mentors. The various initiatives implemented by Finmeccanica combine traditional methods of interaction with purely virtual channels. Although the digital revolution has changed the ways in which people – young people in particular – communicate, Finmeccanica has adapted to the times by offering the over 23,000 young people under the age of 35 who work for the Group, and make up some 30% of its workforce, channels and means of communication that are tailored to the characteristics and lifestyle of “Generation Y”. The functionalities of web 2.0, when used efficiently and the use of dialogue tools and virtual meeting places (forums, blogs, communities), make for more opportunities for young colleagues worldwide to share and exchange ideas.

In this context, 'physical' events such as tomorrow’s meeting are even more valuable. The ceremony, designed and organized by the young people themselves, is further evidence of the opportunities and attention Finmeccanica gives its new recruits, and includes a special session offering participants the chance for a face-to-face discussion with company management. Demonstrating the increasingly close link between the academic and business worlds, students studying for the master's in business administration at the LUISS Business School will also be involved, meeting to discuss the cross company work carried out by Finmeccanica's young people and exploring the key business performance areas.

Launched in 2005, FLIP was created by Finmeccanica's central HR department, and has involved about 1,300 people to date. It is only the first step in Finmeccanica's Integrated Training and Development System, which is aimed at all target groups within the workforce, from young new recruits to senior managers, supporting and guiding the professional development of everyone who works for the Group's individual companies around the world. The event will be broadcast live on Finmeccanica’s website at (www.finmeccanica.it) from about 5.30 p.m.

Roma 20/07/2011