Employee development and training
One of Vossloh’s major advantages in terms of its attractiveness as an employer is the comprehensive array of development measures it offers its employees. The Company specifically promotes talent by striving to offer attractive opportunities, including offering all junior staff the possibility of working in digital project-based international roles. In annual review meetings, various measures are agreed upon to provide employees with customized training while taking operational needs into account. Proper implementation of these measures is closely monitored and evaluated by HR departments. In addition, managers and employees sit down for six-monthly reviews to discuss the progress of the agreed goals and development operations.
Starting in 2022, the People Review Process (PRP) for managers and nontariff employees will not only include individual goals and development measures, i.e. WHAT, but also HOW these measures and goals can be achieved in line with the company values and leadership guidelines. In the past fiscal year, more than 80.7 percent of all managers and nontariff employees went through this process.
The large number of professional development measures for Vossloh employees covering all areas of expertise comprises external and internal training, workshops, project involvement (within or outside of a business unit) and coaching as well as increasingly digital learning opportunities. In connection with commissioning the “Factory of the Future” in Werdohl, for example, around 100 Vossloh Fastening Systems employees underwent a certified program comprising some 85 measures during the year under review. A training robot was also used in the process. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, there was a strong focus on training in online and blended learning formats in 2021 too. A total of 2,013 employees took part in 7,829 events – a decline of 10.2 percent compared to the previous year. Since not all classroom training content could be immediately digitally implemented, unfortunately, not all employee training requests could be fulfilled in 2021 either.
Vossloh also supports employees gaining qualifications on their own initiative, such as by studying alongside working. For example, since 2021, Vossloh Fastening Systems has granted employees in China undergoing further training an additional day off before exams, so they are better prepared. In addition, there is a cross-division LEAD! Program, which prepares high-potential employees for more advanced duties. In 2021, the entire program was revised and aligned with the newly developed values and leadership principles. Over a seven-day period, participants learned about the links between Vossloh’s leadership principles and their implementation in practice through lectures, exercises and outdoor activities.
The Vossloh Learning Platform (VLP) is a digital environment for continuous learning (“Learn”), sharing (“Share”), and growth (“Grow”) in the Company. The platform creates an inspiring and motivating culture of learning that every employee can contribute to and benefit from. The VLP is an example that learning takes place every day and in numerous ways. Learning options are divided into on-site, tailor-made and digital learning, so a suitable solution can be found quickly depending on the learning need. The VLP is available to all employees worldwide in German, English and French.
Early vocational training of young people at Vossloh in Germany in the industrial-technical and commercial sectors, also takes the form of dual offers, i.e. a combination of hands-on training and study. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, all current training was maintained in 2021 and new training relationships were also started. Commercial apprentices were included in home office arrangements, and industrial/technical apprentices were able to complete digital learning units from home.