We offer our workforce a diverse programme of (further) training, both in-house and in cooperation with external service providers. In our Sustainability Strategy 2015 – 2017 we have set ourselves the goal of expanding our further training activities for specialist and executive personnel. We are achieving this aim by, among other things, extending the range of training offered to our seasoned employees.
As an avenue for obtaining a professional qualification, we offer up to six places each year to study for a Bachelor of Arts in business management with an insurance concentration as part of an integrated degree programme. A six-week Summer School at the University of Edinburgh forms part of the training programme, thereby already reflecting our company's international approach during this phase.
We assist all new members of staff with their career start through special basic seminars. These help the employees to navigate their new scope of duties.
Our programme of further training, which is open to all employees, encompasses in particular topics in the fields of information technology and reinsurance, social and methodological skills as well as language courses. These opportunities were again well received in 2016. On average, each employee of our company participated in 3.9 days of further training.
When it comes to expanding and establishing our human resources development activities, we attach special importance to needs-oriented offerings aimed at specific target groups. The seminars launched in 2014 / 2015 with our seasoned employees in mind ("Primary insurance know-how for reinsurers" and "Mastering complexity: Making sound decisions in complex situations") as well as the seminar designed for executives on "Gender-specific communication" have thus been adopted as integral elements of our seminar programme. In the year under review we also designed and rolled out a seminar focused on "Relaxation skills" as well as a range of seminars on the topic of "Solution selling" that can be tailored to fit specific departments.
In the year under review we expanded and further consolidated our learning management system HannoverReAcademy. This makes it possible to view and book all in-house training offerings from the areas of human resources and IT. HannoverReAcademy also serves as the platform for delivery of our e-learning programmes. For some years now we have successfully provided these in a so-called blended learning format, i.e. a combination of online study and face-to-face events, which is used inter alia for the international basic training of our new staff members. Administrative processes have also been simplified by the roll-out of HannoverReAcademy. For example, the system automatically books a package of suitable entry-level seminars for every new member of staff. This can be done on a worldwide basis because our international entities also have access to the HannoverReAcademy. We are thereby able to assure the consistently high standard of training received by our workforce.