As a member of the Fair Company initiative, we have been voluntarily committed to the creation of fair working conditions for trainees and young professionals since 2004, and have carried the Fair Company seal since then. We also continued to work intensively on expanding our programmes for the advancement of future executives and strengthening our recruitment of university graduates and graduates with first professional experience worldwide.
Training and career development
Forward-looking HR management means consistently investing in training, that is to say, employing and training qualified talent. The proportion of apprentices in Germany is 4% (previous year: 4%). The retention rate of these apprentices stands at 79% (previous year: 90%). Technical skills are essential in ensuring the functionally sound operational management of process technology and maintenance in our plants. For a few years already, we have offered multilingual e-learning courses about cement production, specifically developed by the German Cement Works Association (VDZ).
As in the previous year, a focus of our training programmes throughout the Group was on occupational safety, which made up around 54% (previous year: 48%) of the total training measures. Other priorities were specialist training, which made up 31% (previous year: 28%), and the training of our managers, which made up 4% (previous year: 4%). Our extensive training programmes in virtually every work area are characterised by practical and business-oriented learning and enable our employees to develop their skills.