Choosing a graduate position is a big decision in the life of any newly qualified engineer. This blog aims to give you a flavour of what you can expect from SL Controls and why you should consider applying for one of our graduate roles.
Let’s get on with the seven reasons to choose SL Controls as a graduate.
Pay and Benefits Package
The package of benefits you can expect as a graduate at SL Controls includes a competitive salary, generous pension scheme, and comprehensive healthcare. You will also get service-related annual leave, where the number of days holiday you get increases the longer you are employed, as well as skills development and other training and learning opportunities.
It is easy to talk about the career opportunities that exist in a particular company but sometimes it’s just better to look at the numbers. Research shows that a large percentage of employers in Ireland struggle to retain young talent. One of the reasons cited for these difficulties is a lack of career paths.
SL Controls performs quite well in this regard:
- We have a high proportion of graduates on our team.
- Retention rates for graduates are good.
- Graduates stay with us to progress their careers.
Let’s look at some numbers:
- 37% – the percentage of current employees who joined SL Controls as a graduate.
- 8 years – the average length of service of employees who joined SL Controls as graduates. The average length of service for non-graduates is 4 years.
We can see from the above statistics that graduates choose to develop their careers in SL Controls, but what are the career paths you can take? One thing you won’t find here is a career ladder, as we don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all approach to career progression. Instead, we’ll help you find the career path that best suits your interests, ambitions, and goals, and we’ll provide you with support every step of the way.
Continuing Professional Development
Following on from the previous point, we offer employees a wide range of continuing professional development opportunities. This will help you enhance your skills and develop new capabilities.
Supporting our employees to achieve a positive and healthy work-life balance is important to us at SL Controls. This includes using a hybrid model of operation, where most of our employees (except those working at client sites) work from home for the majority of the working week.
Supportive Work Environment
Don’t take our word for it – here is what members of the team say about the working environment at SL Controls:
Josh Morris, Systems Engineer (started at SL Controls as a graduate):
“Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and I can reach out to anyone with any questions I have. I could text someone that I have never spoken to before and I could ask them a question and they are always happy to respond.”
Blessing Nwachukwu, Systems Engineer (started at SL Controls as a graduate):
“It is a community, and the people are highly intelligent and brilliant. I don’t feel like I am siloed because teamwork is highly encouraged and there is always an open door so I can approach my colleagues. Whenever I have a question, my colleagues are always there to listen and support me with what I might require.”
Saoirse Kearse, Software Quality Engineer (started at SL Controls as a graduate):
“SL Controls is more like a family rather than a work team. Everybody looks out for everyone, and people are always there to support you. There are also always people there to inspire you with what you are working on, and there is a strong foundation of support if things don’t go right.”
Mark Hogan, Systems Engineer (started at SL Controls as a graduate):
“At SL Controls, there are great opportunities to learn new technologies, which is fantastic. There is also a great level of camaraderie in the team, and there are always people available to bounce ideas off and get a different perspective.”
Sustainability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At SL Controls, we strive to make a positive impact on society, and we have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read more on the links below:
Cool, Innovative, and Cutting-Edge Technologies
As a graduate engineer in SL Controls, you will get to work with the latest and most innovative technologies. This includes the latest Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing technologies, as well as machine learning algorithms, digital twins, robotics, automated guided vehicles, autonomous mobile robots, mixed reality technologies, and more.
If you are looking for a graduate position in an area relevant to our operations here at SL Controls, we’d love to hear from you. A good first step is to visit our job vacancies page where you can see the graduate roles we are currently recruiting for. And if you have any questions, please get in touch.