Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Vocational training and continuing education

Satisfied and qualified employees are the foundation of our business success. We therefore view the vocational training of young people as an important investment in the future. This approach also represents a key competitive factor – especially considering the shortage of skilled labor resulting from the demographic shift. We systematically seek talented individuals, educate and train them, and empower them to grow.
Start in die Ausbildung (Join the Workforce)
Start in die Ausbildung (Join the Workforce)
It is a fact that 2,200 young people in Hesse, Germany alone drop out of high school every year without graduating. In parallel to this, numerous apprenticeship slots continue to go unfilled. The usual reason? Young people lack the foundation and qualifications needed to get a foothold in the professional world.
We are working to fix this situation. In 2006, we launched "Start in die Ausbildung" ("Join the Workforce"), a program that prepares disadvantaged youth for jobs in industrial and technical professions. Every year, at least 20 young people are offered the chance to complete their education, explore their interests and strengths, and learn what it takes to succeed in the professional world. 
The program takes eleven months. Within this time, participants complete remedial courses in German and math; they also get on-the-job experience as well as social competency training. Good performance opens up doors for participants; we place the most promising candidates in either our regular vocational training program or with another company. 
"Start in die Ausbildung" has proven very successful; more than 90% of participants have gone on to start an apprenticeship either at our company or a partner company.
 
New opportunities for our talent
New opportunities for our talent
Our talent management process aims to identify talented individuals, systematically develop them and build long-term loyalty to the company.
Through new tools and formats, we are working to make our talent management process more transparent for managers and talents. Our Drive your Development event format, launched in 2016, seeks to teach identified talents how to promote their own development in the company. Other tools include an improved information packet for talents, as well as a video that provides examples and information to help managers conduct career development interviews. 
In addition to these efforts, we've also launched the People Development Award, which aims to recognize managers who are dedicated to talent development.  In 2016, we will be honoring our top talent developers for the first time at our annual Group Executive Conference.
 
Apprentices doing their part
Apprentices doing their part
Community involvement is an integral part of our vocational training program. We encourage our apprentices to do their part for society and help them become not only professionals, but also responsible, engaged individuals. 
In November 2015, for instance, 88 apprentices helped renovate an old retirement home in Darmstadt, Germany that has served as refugee housing since January 2016. We provided tools and covered part of the material costs. 
Apprentices from various units in our company joined forces to take up brushes and paint buckets. Volunteers included aspiring site firemen, warehouse logisticians, industrial mechanics, pharmaceutical production technicians, chemical production technicians, sales people, lab technicians, and electronics technicians. Cooks and restaurant professionals also lent a hand, along with 20 young people from our "Start in die Ausbildung" workforce preparation program.
 

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