Last Update:
Mar. 10, 2011
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Vocational and further training

  • Worldwide, 2,442 apprentices and trainees in over 60 occupations
  • Around €155 million invested in vocational and further training
  • More than 87,000 employees participate in training programs worldwide
  • Knowledge transfer programs
  • Start of new global initiative for personnel development

Vocational training

BASF is currently training 2,442 young people in more than 60 occupations in 16 countries. In 2010, 1,115 young people started apprenticeships and traineeships at German Group companies and in the BASF Training Verbund. Since 2004, the BASF Training Verbund, which today has around 700 partner companies, has been creating additional apprenticeship positions in Germany and is currently training 3,572 young people. After passing their final examination, 96% of the apprentices and trainees at BASF SE received a job offer in 2010, as did 77% of the trainees in the BASF Training Verbund. Worldwide, we invested around €71.9 million in our apprentices and trainees in 2010. In addition, as part of our social commitment, we invested approximately €23.7 million in the Training Verbund.

Our exchange programs, for example, between Germany, France, Norway and Spain, offer apprentices the opportunity to strengthen their intercultural skills. In 2010, 50 apprentices from BASF SE and BASF Schwarzheide took part in the program.

Further training and personnel development

The further training of our employees is an investment in BASF’s future success. In annual performance reviews, we determine every employee’s need for professional development and further training. In addition to individual seminars and workshops, we also offer a wide range of opportunities for independent learning via electronic media worldwide. To promote the systematic transfer of experience in BASF SE, we use the “knowledge relay,” in which employees leaving a position meet with their successor and external experts to identify and document their experience.

In 2010, BASF invested around €155 million (2009: €134 million) in vocational training and further training (data does not include Cognis). More than 87,000 employees worldwide participated in training programs. On average, each employee spent 4.1 days at further training events (2009: 3.5 days). With our initiative “Employee Development BASF Group,” we want to ensure that employees and managers share responsibility for personnel development. The objective is to make career paths transparent and to establish corresponding instruments and processes that allow employees to actively plan their career.

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