Vocational training management

The transfer of knowledge to the next generation, and thus the professional training of young people, is an important element to secure Fresenius’ future over the long term. In this regard we are in a very good position. In Germany at the end of 2009, we employed about 1,500 apprentices in 34 different job specifications as well as over 30 students pursuing courses of study at vocational training academies. In 2009, we were therefore again able to increase the number of apprenticeship places offered at all our training locations by over 5 %, after already increasing our intake by over 10 % in 2008.

We regularly offer students interested in the provided job specifications the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working life through periods of practical work and information days. This enables students to start thinking about their career early on and provides them with valuable guidance in choosing the right profession or course of study. Through intensive marketing in and with schools, we want to attract even more young people to do apprenticeships with Fresenius. We address students as well as teachers. We invite school students to visit us and provide job application guidance and offer teachers various training courses within the Arbeitskreis SchuleWirtschaft (School and Industry Working Group).

At the start of the vocational training there is a six-week course during which the apprentices not only learn computer skills; a special focus is also placed on developing their personal skills, with the emphasis on improving communication skills and teamwork as well as project management. The apprentices at our corporate headquarters also have the opportunity to attend a free English language course.

Our measures are bearing fruit and show that, also in light of the increasing number of high-quality applications we receive, that we are an attractive employer not only for school-leavers, but also for interns and students.

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