Filling the Talent Pipeline

Our talent management efforts start with recruitment, where we invest in the processes and technology to evolve and grow our capabilities. Our applicant tracking system (ATS), for instance, maintains a record of our talent pool so we can identify qualified candidates for open positions. The ATS also tracks recruitment metrics, which we share with our field HR staff to improve recruiting and retention strategies and analyze the quality of hires after one year of employment.

To help counter today’s smaller talent pools, we’re also focusing more on activities to actively train and recruit young people. For example, in partnership with local colleges and technical schools, we’re offering scholarships and apprenticeships to identify and support emerging talent. This includes sponsorships for two- or four-year apprenticeships where students divide their time between classroom learning and on-the-job training.

At CMC Poland, we continued our successful collaboration with local technical high schools and universities and invited qualified students to participate in supervised learning experiences at our facilities. Both high school and university students in Poland are eligible for CMC-sponsored scholarships.

In 2023, more than 200 Polish students took practical classes at our facilities. Fifteen graduates received and accepted job offers from CMC. This program not only cultivates a highly skilled talent pipeline for CMC, but we also view these young people as CMC’s highly qualified staff of the future.

Internships are another strong focus at CMC. We’ve standardized the hiring and placement of interns across all business divisions, which creates a more efficient and impactful program for our interns while aligning with our broader talent policies and strategies.

Filling our pipeline

Here are just a few examples of CMC partnering with schools and colleges in 2023.

  • CMC STEEL SOUTH CAROLINA engaged with Midlands Technical College apprenticeship programs.
  • CMC STEEL FLORIDA has continued a successful maintenance/electrician apprentice program for the last seven years at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  • CMC facilities in the U.K. have partnered with Training 2000 for over five years to run a successful mechanical and electrical engineering apprenticeship.
  • CMC POLAND organizes summer internships every year for students from different universities, including technical universities. In 2023, the program hosted 13 students.
  • CMC participated in 75 university job fairs in 2023 in the U.S., including 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).


Florida State College of Jacksonville
Georgia Tech
Jefferson State
Community College
Kennesaw State
Kennesaw State University
Lawson State
Community College
Midlands Technical College
Oklahoma State University
Penn State
Texas State University
University of Georgia
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
University of Michigan
University of Saskatchewan
University of Tennessee
University of Texas


Chongqing University, China
Częstochowa University of Technology, Poland
Department of Geotechnics and Roads at Silesian
Silesian University of
Technology, Poland
Tallin University, Estonia
TU Bergakademie
Freiberg, Germany
TU Delft, Netherlands
Technical University of Gdansk, Poland
Technical University of Prague, Czech Republic
Technical University of Rzeszow, Poland
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
University Beria Interior, Portugal
University of Edinburgh U.K.


University of Isparta, Turkey
University of Newcastle
(NSW – Australia)
University of Osijek, Croatia
University of Science & Technology, Poland
University of Sharjah UAE
University of Southampton, U.K.
University of Stuttgart, Germany
University of Technology in Częstochowa, Poland
University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland
Zhejiang University China