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27 March 2013
Europe: serious games and mobile learning on the rise in vocational training
The latest survey of the Cegos Observatory on widespread vocational training practices in France, Germany, the UK, Spain and Italy, published on March 27, shows that e-learning is on increasing, especially serious games and mobile learning. It also points to differences in the countries as regards the involvement of managers. (Ref. 130206)
27 March 2013
Corporate practices: BSH Spain commits to pushing local young talent into the international arena
The Spanish subsidiary of the Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Group (BSH) is determined to identify promising recent graduates at the local level and to expand their skills and competencies for an international-scale career boost within the German Group. For this to be realized, the company has implemented the “Spanish Trainee Program” aiming to prepare these identified talents and give them their best chance of being spotted and taking part in the group’s highly selective International Trainee...
6 March 2013
Great Britain: people.management.co.uk lists new HR jobs
The information website, people management, recently published a list of new HR jobs no one had heard about 10 years ago which are now appealing to new employees. There is also a list of jobs that will become popular within a few years. Robert Jeffery, senior editor at people management, agreed to comment these lists for Planet Labor. (Ref. 130155)
1 March 2013
Great Britain: employers are increasingly putting the responsibility of bearing training and employability costs on individual employees
The spread of the concept of employability, where defined as the individual employee’s responsibility for possessing the skills, knowledge, abilities and experience for gaining and maintaining employment, has taken a recent and significant turn in the case of EasyJet, the airline. EasyJet has taken the step to place the cost of what it takes to have employability increasingly on...
28 January 2013
Corporate practices: Seat among the first to implement the dual training system
Seat, the Spanish car brand and a Volkswagen subsidiary, founded its Apprentice School back in 1957. Since then, this three-year apprenticeship vocational school has been operating uninterruptedly in accordance with the traditional Spanish vocational system. However, the latest labor reform (Decree Law 3/2012) has allowed the company to adapt their school to the dual training system, which was not legally possible before this law entered into force. Seat tells Planet Labor about this major change in their...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
3 January 2013
Corporate practices: Acciona Corporate University innovates and changes learning and training provision
Acciona, a Spanish multinational leader in renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure and water treatment, relies on an innovative corporate university as part of its talent management policies. Recently, the technical training schools of Acciona Corporate University received the Innovation in Human Resources award from Spain’s annual “Entrepreneurs & Employment” convention. Coinciding with this award, Planet Labor interviews Acciona on its current training model and future plans. (Ref....
2 January 2013
Corporate practices: Electrolux Spain puts talent management at the heart of business success
The Spanish subsidiary of the appliance multinational Electrolux faced an adverse business situation in 2010. However, the company rose to the challenge and ultimately took a turn for the better thanks to the project “Passion for Growth – P4G” which the group introduced in all its European subsidiaries to make things better. After two years, positive results are visible. This project just received the “Tea-Cegos & Team and Talents” award for the best human resources practices in...
19 November 2012
Corporate practices: BMW launches TaLENT, a more flexible training scheme focusing on the talents identified among apprentices
Demographic ageing, production changes – harder to plan than they used to be – and quick technological change are forcing businesses to come up with new HR management and training policies. In this area, BMW, the German carmaker, has already come up with several innovative initiatives for senior workers and executives. Since September, apprentices in the 2012 Class can opt for a new training concept. The TaLENT program aims to optimize the quality of apprenticeship by allowing the youngsters to...
14 September 2012
Corporate practices: new agreement on “demography and the creation of a competitive and sustainable personnel structures” for Unilever DACH staff in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Project mostly initiated by the central WC.  It took the social partners at Unilever Deutschland four years to reach an agreement on “Demography and the creation of a competitive and sustainable personnel structure.”  “The first negotiations on the subject followed a groundbreaking agreement in the chemical industry in 2008” Michael Jaeger remembers (see our dispatches No. ...