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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2014
One of the core elements of our strategy for strengthening our global team is the recruitment of the best possible employees worldwide. The ever more complex and fast-paced business calls for people who respond to challenges in a flexible and proactive way. That is why we look for talents who proactively embrace constant change.
Henkel invests early on in developing future leaders. To help us identify the best students for Henkel at an early stage, we have built up a worldwide network of universities and professors; we also employ several specially designed recruiting instruments. Through our presence at university workshops and presentations, we become acquainted with potential candidates and establish direct and personal communications. By offering challenging internships, students get the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency and capabilities. At the same time, it allows us to get to know highly qualified and motivated talents early on and present Henkel as an employer of choice.
In order to strengthen our standing as a preferred employer, we have once again broadened the informational scope of our career website – with a special focus on emerging markets. We have also taken into account that applicants are becoming increasingly interested in sustainability and our performance in this area.
To inspire new colleagues right from the beginning, we launched our onboarding program “i4Henkel” worldwide in 2014. Since then, all new management employees have already participated in the program.
In the seventh Henkel Innovation Challenge (HIC) in spring 2014, 21 teams comprised of students from 30 different countries presented their innovative and sustainable ideas for the future. The international competition gives university students the chance to try out the role of creative business development manager and create a concept for a Henkel product or technology for 2050. Photo: Seul-ah Yang (left) from the Ewha Women’s University und Han-byeol Jang, Seoul National University.
To meet the demands of specific markets and regions, we make use of specially designed recruiting instruments:
|Worldwide||To establish intensive contact with university graduates, the most promising students and interns are nominated for the Henkel Career Track, one of our early binding initiatives. The Trackies” profit from an exclusive selection of seminars, training sessions and workshops. The programs facilitate the personal development of the participants and also allow them to tap into the extensive Henkel network. All this pays off: many of the former interns stay with Henkel after they graduate or come back as professionals.|
|Worldwide||Since 2007, we have established the Henkel Innovation Challenge in many countries. The objective is to promote our image as an employer of choice among leading universities worldwide. This annual international competition provides a platform for ambitious students from all disciplines to display their talent. On their way to the international final experienced Henkel managers offer professional input and the young talents gain real-life insights to our fascinating business, which is all about people and brands. From the very start, the Henkel Innovation Challenge proved to be a huge success, and over 35,000 students from all over the world have participated since the program began.|
|Germany||In Germany, Henkel offers more than 20 apprenticeship professions, for which we again took on 148 apprentices in 2014. The new recruits also included 26 students who are taking part in our dual-track study program. Currently, 510 apprentices and students are learning a profession at Henkel.|