Employees

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.


HR-AcademyThe 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. 

 
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By the way ...

587 employees work on tomorrow’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology in 150 research and development projects.

71 tonnes of CO2 are saved every year at the Remscheid site thanks to an alternative technique for testing gas valves. Enough to fly roughly 530 times from Paris to London.

92 research and development projects are underway at the Vaillant Group right now. More than 50 new projects were launched in 2011 alone.

1,400 seminars and training sessions per year provide avenues for employees from all company departments to develop their potential.

80 per cent of our overall procurement is being sourced from suppliers that have recognised the social and ecological principles contained in the UN Global Compact.

96 % of the waste generated across the Vaillant Group is recycled. And our appliances boast high recycling rates, too. A wall-hung Vaillant device is 99.8 % recyclable.

No landfill at all is generated at the Vaillant Group Belper plant each year. In 2006 that figure was 357,000 kg – equivalent to the weight of 250 medium-sized limousines.

Only 12 % of the 17.8 million heating systems in Germany are running efficiently. If replaced with modern technology, 40 % energy and CO2 emissions could be saved.

75 % is the proportion of management staff we want to recruit from within our own ranks. That’s why we run comprehensive programmes that suit the needs of our employees.

ecoPOWER 1.0 is Germany’s most sustainable product 2011. Vaillant’s micro-cogeneration system convinced the renowned expert jury of the German Sustainability Award.

85 young people were invited by the Council for Sustainable Development to develop a model for a sustainable future. Vaillant Innovation Engineer Lars Heinen was among them.

3,000 euros in heating costs are saved at Moorriem primary school every year. Thanks to the ecoPOWER mini-CHP they won in a Germany-wide competition.

350,000 euros is the amount raised by chimney sweeps on their cycling ride through Germany for children suffering from cancer. Vaillant's been supporting the tour for many years.