16. Qualifications

The company discloses what goals it has set and what measures it has taken to promote the employability of all employees, i.e. the ability of all employees to participate in the working and professional world, and in view of adapting to demographic change, and where risks are seen.

The long-term security of employment and support for our employees are material topics for us. We support our employees in gaining qualifications in all our fields of work with further education and training courses. It is second nature to us to base our employment policies in all areas on long-term commitment. Our practice for years has been to train young employees for commercial and technical careers in a wide range of areas of the company in accordance with the guidelines of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). In addition, we ensure interns are placed in an interesting environment where they can gain their first working experiences and an insight into our company. Continuous dialog and relationships built on trust feature high in our list of priorities.  

All employees take part in further education and training courses. They may be provided internally or sourced from external providers, according to departmental needs. The range of subjects in which training is provided covers all operational areas of the company. In planning and selecting training programs, we consider what the employees need to do their jobs and what we see as development requirements of the various parts of the company and individual employees.  

In providing training, we place a strong emphasis on the training needs required for succession planning. This is especially important in key positions with detailed and specialist knowledge. To ensure a smooth transition, we envisage long-term succession plans, in some cases accomplished over many years. In this way, we can be certain of a problem-free succession of the generations.  

With respect to the Criterion “Qualifications,” we see no further significant risks or negative impacts, thanks to the above-mentioned measures. For this reason, no further goals or actions were specified in the reporting period.