Vocational training management

The transfer of knowledge to the next generation, and thus the professional training of young people, is an important element for securing Fresenius’ future over the long term. In this regard we are in a very good position. In Germany at the end of 2010, we employed about 1,700 apprentices in 33 different job specifications as well as over 30 students pursuing 9 courses of study at vocational training academies.

In 2010, we were again able to increase the number of apprenticeship places offered at all our training locations by over 5%. The range of job specifications and courses of study was also broadened. The vocational training as a process mechanic for plastics and rubber technology and the International Business Information Technology and Health Care Industry courses offered, for instance, provide opportunities for modern, practice-oriented training with very good chances of later being taken on as regular employees.

We place a special focus right from the start of the training on developing personal skills, with the emphasis on improving communication skills and teamwork as well as project management.

In September 2010, we held our fourth Vocational Training Open Day under the motto “Training Live”. We also continued to conduct intensive marketing in and with schools in order to attract young people to do an apprenticeship with Fresenius. We address students as well as teachers. We invite school students to visit us and provide job application guidance and offer teachers various training courses within the Arbeitskreis SchuleWirtschaft (School and Industry Working Group).

To promote entrepreneurial thinking as well as interpersonal, communication, and business skills among our trainees, we organized a management game for the fourth time in 2010. It generated a strong response, with a total of 11 teams from different locations competing. The trainees from all job specifications had to run a fictitious firm for one year. Decisions had to be taken among other things on investments, inventory levels, recruitments, and marketing measures.

Fresenius is supporting projects to provide apprenticeship positions for non-high school (Hauptschule and Realschule) students. From 2011 onwards, we are offering internships in Bad Homburg under the nationwide “Joblinge” (Job Starters) initiative. We are also involved in the “JUSTAment” cross-generation project launched by the Frankfurt-based international youth work association “vij-Frankfurt”, a scheme where honorary senior partners pass on their know-how to non-high school students with a view to improving their chances in the job market. Fresenius supports the project by supplying latest information on the selection processes at its vocational training locations.

Our training management measures are bearing fruit. In light of the increasing number of high-quality applications we receive, our management training shows that we are an attractive employer not only for school-leavers, but also for interns and students.

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