AkzoNobel is a company which specialises in a range of decorative paints, performance coatings and speciality chemicals.
Although AkzoNobel is a Dutch company with its main headquarters in Amsterdam, the firm operates in over 80 countries worldwide and employs over 45,000 members of staff in a wide variety of full and part time roles.
AkzoNobel in its current form was founded in 1994 and merged with British chemical giant Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in 2008, but the name goes back much further with roots tracing back as far as the 18th Century.
Famous brands in the AkzoNobel family include household DIY names such as Cuprinol, Dulux, Hammerite and Sikkens. In 2008, the company was actually the most profitable company on the planet. At the end of 2015, AkzoNobel had assets amounting to €16 billion and posted profits in excess of €970 million.
So why should students and graduates want to work for AkzoNobel?
Well, their own graduate trainees have voted them into the ‘Top Companies For Graduates To Work For’ awards with Job Crowd and is a recurring name on The Guardian’s ‘Top 300 Graduate Employers’ list.
AkzoNobel is also famous for being sector leader in sustainability and an innovator in all sorts of industries, including consumer products, infrastructure, transport and aviation. For example, the company’s employees have worked on making flights more energy efficient by using a special wing-coating which was inspired by certain qualities observed in the skin of sharks. Wouldn’t you like to work on such cutting-edge sustainable products?
Explaining why you should join the AkzoNobel team, the company’s careers website says:
“At AkzoNobel, we create everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. And we believe we can only grow our business as fast as we can grow our people.”
“We're committed to investing in their future and making their ideas go far – developing, sharing and using everyone's personal strengths to win as a team.”
As well as long-term careers in a range of disciplines at AkzoNobel, students and graduates can also benefit from shorter term roles such as the company’s very well-respected industrial placements. In the UK, the typical AkzoNobel industrial placement lasts for one year and is available in areas such as engineering and research & development.
The company’s UK headquarters are in London, but you will also find jobs and industrial placements advertised in other parts of the country where they employ many staff such as Slough in Berkshire, Stowmarket in Suffolk and Ashington in Northumberland.
We’ve added some AkzoNobel Facebook and Twitter updates to the side of the page so that you can get a feel for the company’s ethos. There’s also a short YouTube video about getting young people into work - give that a watch to gain further understanding of the AkzoNobel’s career planning.
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