Our employees are both the foundation and the soul of the Vaillant Group. Their commitment, their ideas and their hard work have made us the world-leading heating technology corporation we are today. Mutual trust and acceptance of others are the fundamental values on which our international corporate culture is built.
Individual career development for our employees is a matter that is particularly close to our heart. At the Vaillant Group, we support the development of specific competencies by offering a comprehensive system of training programmes. We are able to create individual development profiles, from training needs analysis and detailed development plans to management training courses. We consider ourselves a company that trains its new generation of employees, helping our vocational trainees become tomorrow’s specialists by means of a range of business and technical training programmes and apprenticeships. We round off our provision for employees’ training by means of additional schemes relating to subjects such as health promotion.
HR development – made to measure
The HR Academy, our virtual training centre in the company intranet, provides all our employees in Germany with the opportunity to book themselves onto training courses and seminars. The Academy has proved highly successful since its launch in September 2009, registering 1,168 bookings onto courses and seminars in 2010.
Our HR development’s long-term objective finds its expression in one simple figure: 80 per cent. This is the proportion of its management staff that the Vaillant Group aims to recruit and develop internally. Along with the individual programmes offered by the HR Academy, we run several programmes whose objective is the systematic development of our next generation of managers.
The Junior Management Circle (JMC) trains young talent with the right potential to prepare them to tackle a leadership role, while the Experts Trainee Programme, aimed at new graduates with little or no prior experience in the workplace, provides this group with specific training over two years to enable them to take on a specialist role in one of the areas of our business.
Whereas this programme is designed for those intending to follow a career path as an expert, the General Management Programme develops all-rounders for the company by recruiting graduates with a few years’ initial work experience to qualify for management roles by undertaking projects which are based within the remit of top management. The graduates also attend seminars to hone their management skills.