Vocational training and career development

Vocational training

  • 3,060 apprentices in 60 occupations worldwide
  • Around €93 million spent on vocational training

As of December 31, 2013, BASF was training 3,060 people in around 60 occupations in 20 countries worldwide. We spent a total of around €93 million on vocational training in 2013 as well as approximately €19 million on the BASF Training Verbund as part of our social commitment. In 2013, 988 apprentices started their vocational training at BASF SE and German Group companies.

We once again strengthened our commitment to vocational training at the Ludwigshafen site and in the BASF Training Verbund in 2013: In total, 1,000 people began their careers, 250 of which as part of the Start in den Beruf and Anlauf zur Ausbildung career-start programs in cooperation with partners in the region. These programs aim to prepare participants for a subsequent apprenticeship within one year. This comprehensive and individual approach comprises theoretical as well as practical program elements. Examples include support in choosing a profession, and gaining experience in the BASF Training Verbund’s partner companies. In this way, the programs contribute to ensuring a sufficient supply of qualified employees for BASF and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.

In 2013, 20 Spanish apprentices began their vocational training in Tarragona, Spain, based on the German vocational training model. The theoretical and practical phases will take place in Tarragona and in Ludwigshafen. After the successful completion of their training, we plan to employ these apprentices in production plants at the Ludwigshafen site in 2016.

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BASF Group employees by contract type (total: 112,206)


December 31, 2013

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Learning and development

  • Measures for career development discussed and decided on in development dialogs
  • Around €106 million spent on further training

Our employees’ individual development is important to us. We want to recognize and promote talent early on, and our life-long learning concept provides the basis for remaining the best team and meeting the various challenges of the market. In development dialogs, our employees and leaders outline the prospects together for individual professional development and determine concrete measures for further training and development. This new format was initiated for around 40,000 employees by the end of 2013. We aim to have all employees familiar with it by 2017. These development dialogs supplement the annual employee dialogs conducted in 99% of BASF Group companies worldwide, which include performance reviews.

Life-long learning and further training are important components of our employee development. We spent around €106 million for this purpose in 2013 (2012: €95 million). Our measures for further training are based on the specific learning needs of our employees. Local and international seminars and workshops enable the acquisition and exchange of knowledge and promote networking. Each employee spent an average of three days on further training in 20131. A total of more than 107,000 seminar days took place at BASF SE, including at the Learning Center, in 2013.

Trained internal specialists have fostered the career development of BASF SE employees through career orientation since 2012. Since 2013, we have been providing targeted support for selected employees in their part-time studies toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, counseling them on various career development possibilities.

In addition, we have strengthened our in-plant qualification with shift trainers who promote the continuous professional development of employees in production and technology through individual learning assignments.

By establishing the Learning Campus, we have created a global platform that will provide our employees with a globally consistent network and further training through special programs in the future. This includes, for example, a worldwide program for newly appointed leaders. Furthermore, we offer a wide and global range of opportunities for self-directed learning via electronic media, independent of time and place.

1 Revised calculation for 2013: average days spent on further training per employee (2012: average days spent on further training per participant)