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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. ...
23 August 2012
Corporate practices: in Kaluga, Russia, Volkswagen is training its own apprentices
Lack of skilled workers.  170 kilometers south west of Moscow, at the gates of the city of Kaluga, is a 400-ha production site, Volkswagen Group Rus, Volkswagen’s Russian subsidiary.  Created in 2006, the plant, which now employs 4,200 people, produces nearly 150,000 cars each year, including the Tiguan, the new Polo Sedan, as well as Skoda’s Fabia and Octavia.  As soon as it arrived in Russia, Volkswagen was faced with serious problems.  Russian consumers liked Volkswagen’s cars but they would rather...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
23 August 2012
Germany: German-style apprenticeship set out to conquer the world
The ‘dual system’ on the fringe of the Atlantic Ocean.  In a workshop located one floor above the assembly hall of the American headquarters of the German chainsaw maker, Stihl, in Virginia Beach, VA, young Americans are learning how to file, mill, grind, weld and code machines, supervised by a German trainer.  They are part of a group of apprentices who are doing a German-style dual training.  Indeed, to make its chainsaws, hedge trimmers and brush cutters, the international leader from Swabia (€2.6...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
2 July 2012
Corporate practices: ThyssenKrupp steel cuts working time to hire 1,000 apprentices and have younger manpower
Chain restructurings.  “Up to 2006, we were mostly concerned with one thing: how can we cut jobs?” explains Veit Echterhoff, in charge of training policy at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG.  And for good reason: as soon as it was founded, the biggest steel producer in Germany, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe (28,843 employees, €12.8 billion in sales in 2010-11), based in Duisburg, was affected by the steel crisis which has been ravaging Europe since the 1970s.  Blast furnaces gradually closed in the Ruhr basin;...
11 May 2012
Corporate practices: to secure the skills needed in the future, Volvo AB Group sets up its own training program for young jobseekers
Recruitment is the new challenge of the coming years.  Olof Persson, CEO of Volvo AB Group, says recruitment will be a major challenge for Swedish manufacturing in the years to come.  “We’re doing this to save our skills and be better equipped to deal with future retirements, for instance.  But the point is also to encourage more young people to apply for production jobs in manufacturing” he explained as he presented the training project.  Thus, it seems that Volvo AB Group has made the same observation...
3 January 2012
Corporate practices: secrets behind Scania’s ‘perfect’ age pyramid
Currently, Scania Group is one of the leaders in the manufacture of heavyweights, buses, vans, as well as industrial and marine engines.  It also offers and sells a wide range of maintenance products and funding services.  It is present in about 100 countries and has more than 35,000 employees.
16 December 2011
Corporate practices: Thales helps its employees change trades with the “Passerelles” approach
Employment expertise has been a part of Thales’ social practices for several years now.  In 2006, the social partners adopted an agreement on the anticipation of employment changes, professional development and training, which is currently being renegotiated.  Three years later, in 2009, the group takes this approach to the European level and signs an agreement on Improving professional Development through Effective Anticipation (IDEA, see our dispatch No.  090629).  The text provides for an annual...