As at December 31, 2017 approximately 88 % of our employees were working in non-German speaking countries.
Training and the Messer Group Academy
The expertise and experience of our workforce of well-motivated and well-qualified employees provides the foundation for the Messer Group’s success. They are constantly being required to rise to the practical challenge of highly demanding tasks and projects, at which stage they can also draw on the knowledge gained through attendance at internal and external training courses, specifically designed to meet their needs. This combined approach gives them the wherewithal to master the vast array of constantly changing work requirements, while at the same time enhancing the professional manner with which they go about their work. A transparent leadership style, based on an “open door” principle, allows for open communication and remains a core element of our management culture.
We endeavor to make school pupils and students aware of the potential of the fascinating world of gases, also with an eye to winning well-trained staff in the future. It is considered to be a crucial aspect of business to develop employee skills from an early stage. The Messer Group is committed to providing educational and vocational training opportunities to young people, based on the tenet that vocational training for the next generation is essential for the future competitiveness and underlying strength of our business. In Germany we offer vocational training to ambitious school and college leavers in the areas of industrial business studies, mechatronics, IT data processing and IT support. Training takes place at various sites, in some cases supplemented by several weeks spent at international locations.
The Messer Group Academy expands the range of systematic development programs available to employees, including a range of training courses and lectures as well as the annual autumn lectures for our managers and junior executives. A further series of seminars was held in 2017 for the Junior Circle, our program for the next generation of managers, with participants from various national companies and specialist areas. In July 2017, the second group successfully completed the Junior Circle with their “BioKryo” project work. Cryo-preservation is a procedure to preserve cells or complete tissue by cooling to very low temperatures. These low temperatures render biological activity impossible, including biolog- ical reactions which would cause cell death. The results of the project work will be implemented under a cooperative agreement with BioKryo GmbH.
Following the Junior Circle II, the third Junior Circle group was launched in July 2017. It will be addressing the topic “Digitalization in the Messer World” over the coming two years.
The focus of the Junior Circle is on the dissemination of knowledge by our own experts from various functions within the organization. Aspiring managers will attend five one-week modules covering various fields of focus, including inter-cultural training. The principal objective of the Messer Academy will be to provide an insight into our products, technical solutions, structures and specific internal issues based on a comprehensive and practice-oriented approach. Effective networking of the participants is also a primary concern. Training in the Junior Circle is organized over a two-year period, with candidates being selected and invited directly by the management under an internal application procedure.
At the Messer Group Academy, the transnational training course for cylinder salesmen “Focus on Cylinder” was continued in 2017, with training provided in the Messer companies in Switzerland, France, Spain, Belgium, Poland and the Baltic region. Staff from eight European companies participated in the training program.
This international, standardized sales training course consists of six modules, is offered to a maximum of 14 participants and takes place in the respective national language. In addition to internal and external speakers, the respective sales manager and deputy are trained as co-trainers who are then able to provide support for future training courses. Throughout, country-specific needs are taken into account in terms of training content.
The training needs of Messer Group staff are discussed on the occasion of annual employee performance reviews with the local HR departments responsible for drawing up specific training plans.
An “English offensive” has been in progress worldwide since 2014 to increase knowledge of English in the Group. In each company, employees, split into three groups according to their language skills, have the opportunity to improve their language qualifications. Some employees have already taken the opportunity to acquire a Cambridge certificate, which is recognized worldwide.
Furthermore, 2017 saw the first-time successful launch of the online e-learning training platform for pharmacovigilance.