Symrise’s personnel policy relies on the strength of its internal training and education. As of December 31, 2017, a total of 140 apprentices and trainees were employed at our sites in Germany. This corresponds to a training rate of around 5.2 %.
Depending on the course and individual success, training takes about 2 to 3 years. After completing their training, all trainees obtain at least temporary employment if they meet our minimum requirements regarding the material learned. With our investment in training, we are providing for the demand for future specialists in chemical production and in the laboratories as well as in commercial, marketing and sales functions.
Every year, about 45 young people begin training at Symrise. Of them, 24 are trained for chemical-technical professions, another 10 for technical and logistics occupations and 12 young people for commercial occupations. In addition to initial training, we open up new perspectives by offering dual studies in both business administration (five employees are working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration) and in the chemical-technical field (three employees working toward a Bachelor of Science). In this way, we account for the demographic change in our company.
In addition, we qualify our employees for their daily work via comprehensive training measures. Lifelong learning is a matter of course for us. For example, we offer English courses for our production employees to help familiarize them with international work instructions. Occupational safety training and the handling of hazardous substances are given a wide scope of attention in the international range of training courses. Management training courses are also offered in all of our regions. In 2017, around 1,600 employees were trained in internal and external training courses. Globally, the total number of hours for training courses amounted to around 6,700 hours (both figures do not include the Diana Group). In addition to the traditional training content, we also train our employees via international assignments – currently 125 employees are deployed outside their home country – and via on-the-job training, which is accompanied by coaches and mentors.
We spend about € 3.2 million annually on training and personnel development measures worldwide. This is paying off, because today we are recruiting the next generation of top-level managers almost exclusively from our own ranks. Our guidelines allow for 80 % internal recruitment, while 20 % is to be from outside the company.