transformation is accelerating developments in technology, business and society,
and its impact is clearly visible in the constant changes to our working world.
As its 2022 vocational training year starts, Siemens is focusing on personalized
individual skill development and is placing even more emphasis on fostering this
aspect than in the past. “At Siemens, we regularly adapt the content of our
training programs to match new requirements and enable our trainees to obtain the necessary skills to be successful and committed in their professional lives over the long term,” said Judith Wiese, Chief People
and Sustainability Officer, member of the Managing Board and Labor Director at Siemens
AG. “Being eager to experiment and staying open to new things are important
prerequisites for driving one’s own learning throughout life,” added Wiese.
training philosophy offers flexibility for learners to help shape their own
educational experience: depending on learning progress, both the content and
duration of a training course can be tailored to the specific needs of each
group of trainees. Courses vary greatly in length, ranging from one week to a
maximum of 27 weeks, depending on the topic area. For example, a course on
wiring techniques normally lasts four weeks. If a group learns particularly
quickly here, this course can be shortened to two weeks. Alternatively, it can
be extended if the participants need more time.
focuses on digital media and professional skills; self-management;
solution-oriented approaches; dealing with change; communication and team
skills; documentation and presentation techniques; learning and working methods;
and project management. Trainees self-assess their competencies at regular
intervals and receive feedback in this regard from their instructors.
The focus of
the apprenticeships and work-study positions on offer is on technical and IT
professions, which account for around 90% of the positions. “Compared to last
year, Siemens’ need for IT skills has become even stronger. For example, our
program has now been updated to include training for the occupation of electronics
technicians for IT and internet-of-things systems in building technology,” said
Barbara Ofstad, Head of Siemens Professional Education at Siemens AG in Germany.
training-program cohort at Siemens was recruited primarily through virtual selection-process
events – which received very positive feedback from applicants. Due to these
positive experiences, a high degree of flexibility, and the opportunity to enable
barrier-free selection based on digital tools, this format will also be used
for the upcoming training year.
focus of the digital transformation is continuous training. With the
SiTecSkills Academy, Siemens Professional Education is launching a new
in-service program offering that will make the apprentices fit in relevant
digital technologies – and keep them fit. “Individual learning modules within
the training programs are also interesting for ongoing professional development
within the company. For this reason, we decided to use the SiTecSkills Academy to
provide targeted digital offerings for continuing education to all Siemens
employees. We’ll gradually open this offering to external partners as well,” said