With more than 25,000 employees globally, Sika regards training and education as an important instrument in retaining and grooming its workforce. The company is proud of its large share of longtime associates and recognizes the need to keep these valued associates up-to-date in terms of their knowledge and abilities.
Sika therefore runs a broad range of internal and external training programs and its own training academies, e.g. for operations, sustainability, sales and marketing, and technical faculties. Sika collaborates with universities to access up-to-date knowledge. In 2019, we continued our cooperation with various business schools and universities, where we provided training for talented employees with the potential to assume Senior Management positions.
Sika has no explicit Group targets regarding training and education, but strives to offer every Sika employee at least 10 hours of training each year, and managers a fully-fledged training seminar.
The total number of training hours reported by the local companies amounted, on average, to 11.4 hours per employee (2018: 16.8 hours). In addition, through the launch of a global e-learning platform, we have provided further options for offering sales trainings, product trainings, onboarding training and other internal relevant training programs. These programs currently account for another 0.2 h per employee.
As training data from the subsidiaries are processed anonymously, Sika does not yet provide a breakdown by gender at Group level.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
Training and development are of strategic importance for Sika. Global, regional and local programs have been designed to support the careers of our employees, and the introduction of the digital SikaLearn Platform for all training activities has enabled multi-channel accessibility to training modules.