We offer all our employees and executives 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. In the year under review our focus was on the programme of training opportunities offered to our executives and 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 even during this early 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.
An employee's individual programme of development measures is normally drawn up jointly with their supervisor in the context of the annual performance review. The in-house programme of further training, which is created in part with these requirements in mind, is open to all employees and encompasses in particular topics in the fields of reinsurance and information technology, social and methodological skills as well as language courses. These opportunities were again well received in 2017. On average, each employee of our company participated – both internally and externally – 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. In the year under review, for example, we adopted various seminars aimed at our seasoned employees (e.g. "Mastering complexity") and executives (e.g. "Gender-specific communication") as integral elements of our further training programme. The seminar on "Consultative Selling", which can be tailored to fit specific departments, was launched in a pilot scheme and has since enjoyed lively demand. The HannoverReAcademy, our learning management system, continues to be very popular. All in-house seminar offerings can be viewed and booked here. The HannoverReAcademy also serves as the platform for delivery of our e-learning programmes, which we have successfully provided for some years now on a worldwide basis in a so-called blended learning format. Given that 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.