Vocational training and career development

Vocational training

  • 3,186 apprentices in around 60 occupations worldwide
  • €101 million used for vocational training

As of December 31, 2014, BASF was training 3,186 people in around 60 occupations in 16 countries worldwide. We spent a total of €101 million on vocational training in 2014, as well as around €15 million on the BASF Training Verbund as part of our social commitment in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.

In 2014, 908 apprentices started their vocational training at BASF SE and German Group companies. An additional 263 young people participated in the BASF Training Verbund’s career-start programs Start in den Beruf and Anlauf zur Ausbildung in cooperation with partner companies. The goal of these programs is to prepare participants for a subsequent apprenticeship within one year. Their approach comprises theoretical as well as practical program elements. Examples include guidance in choosing a profession and gaining work experience in the BASF Training Verbund’s partner companies. In this way, the programs contribute to ensuring a long-term supply of qualified employees for BASF and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.

As in the previous year, 20 Spanish apprentices began their vocational training in Tarragona, Spain, in 2014, based on the German vocational training model. The theoretical and practical phases take place in Tarragona and in Ludwigshafen. We see this as a way to expand our recruiting base and plan, upon successful completion of their training, to employ the apprentices in areas like production at the Ludwigshafen site.

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Learning and development

  • Life-long learning concept
  • Specific further training for employees in production and technical areas
  • Learning Campus offers multifaceted possibilities and promotes learning in worldwide networks

Our employees’ individual development is important to us. We follow a life-long learning approach that emphasizes the significance of learning from experience, supplemented by the concepts of learning from others and learning through courses and media. By combining learning in the workplace with programs for development, we address the varying requirements of a rapidly changing market.

In regular development meetings, our employees and leaders outline prospects for individual professional development together and determine measures for further training and development. This approach was carried out for around 45,000 employees by the end of 2014. Our goal is to introduce these development meetings for all BASF employees by 2017. They supplement the annual employee dialogs that are conducted in all BASF Group companies worldwide, which include an employee performance assessment component.

We spent around €101 million on further training in 2014 (2013: €106 million). Our measures for further training are based on the 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 2.6 days on further training in 2014. More than 107,000 seminar days took place at BASF SE, including at the Learning Center, in 2014.

Internal specialists provide our employees with career counseling. In addition, we provide targeted guidance for employees engaged in part-time Bachelor’s or Master’s studies and advise them on various career development opportunities. We support the large number of employees in production and technical areas worldwide with career-specific further training and vocational guidance. We have strengthened our in-plant qualification measures with shift trainers who promote the continual professional development of employees in production and technology through individual learning assignments. Furthermore, we have established programs on safety culture, knowledge management and team development.

Our global Learning Campus is the central platform for the life-long learning programs we offer. It allows employees to find relevant learning opportunities on both a local and global level. The offers entail learning in the workplace as well as self-directed learning through electronic media. Networking and learning from others is also promoted. We opened a training center in Singapore in 2014 as part of the Learning Campus.

The concept additionally includes the Welcome to BASF program for new employees around the world, as well as the seminar Campus: Dialog with the Divisions, in which around 1,400 employees take part each year. We are also enhancing our mentoring approach to promote long-term partnerships and mutual learning.