Training and development as a strategy for growth
A Siemens case study

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Training involves teaching new skills or extending the skills employees already have. There are two forms of training.

As well as induction training, where new employees learn the basic information they need to begin working, Siemens has three main development programmes designed for 'Entry Level Talent', i.e. those beginning their career with Siemens after education.


Siemens offers a variety of technical apprenticeships, aimed at school leavers who want to 'earn as they learn'. Apprentices can join a variety of engineering/IT apprenticeships across a variety of locations in the UK, although the majority start their working life from their home town working at their local Siemens site.

Apprenticeship training is a combination of off-thejob college training and on-the-job work experience. Apprentices work to achieve their HND qualifications in their related field. Entry requirements vary depending on the programme, but fundamentally applicants require good communication skills and the ability to work in a team.

Siemens believes apprenticeships provide a clear route in developing staff for the future growth of the organisation.




 Siemens Commercial Academy

The Siemens Commercial Academy was launched in 2005 to further enhance the pipeline of financial and commercial capability within Siemens. The programme lasts four years and is regarded as an alternative to going directly to university.

Aimed at students who have a keen interest in Business and Finance, the programme enables students to rotate around various finance and commercial placements including Accounting, HR, Procurement and Corporate areas.

The trainees who join the programme split their time between studying towards an HND in Business with Finance and working at Siemens. Students study towards the degree at the European College of Business Management, as well as take part in personel development training such as communication and presentation skills. IT courses and German language training are also available.

Siemens Graduate Programmes

Siemens recruits graduates into three core areas of the business:

  • Engineering including electrical/electronic, mechanical/mechatronic systems, broadcast, process and manufacturing
  • IT covering research, development, design and consultancy
  • Business including finance, HR, sales, project and operational management

All Siemens graduate recruits are treated as individuals. They enter the business with relevant skills, knowledge and experience and the potential to do many different roles. Each graduate has a discussion with his or her line manager when they start, to decide on their individual training and development plan.

Where appropriate Siemens supports graduates to gain further qualifications. These include gaining chartered engineer status through institutions such as IET or IMechE. The typical graduate profile is varied.

Craig Finlayson graduated from the University of Paisley with a degree in Information Technology. He worked on the BBC account in London within the project finance team. He now works in Sales Support and Portfolio on various projects.

Anna Carder, HR Graduate, joined Siemens in 2006 from Aston University with a BSc in Managerial and Administrative Studies. Anna is currently in her third and final placement in the Recruitment & Sourcing team of Global Shared Services. She has previously worked in two other placements in Corporate Personnel where she worked as part of the Talent Management team followed by an HR operational placement within Siemens Traffic Controls in Poole. Siemens is currently supporting Anna in her studies for her CIPD qualification through distance learning.

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