HUGO BOSS committed to training skilled staff within the Company
HUGO BOSS invests in in-house vocational training to cover its long-term demand for skilled workers, offering a broad range of industrial/technical and commercial apprenticeships as well as combined degree and vocational training courses in collaboration with Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW). Great importance is attached to general and specialized training and development opportunities, incorporating an international dimension. For example, Cooperative State University students are offered international assignments at the Group’s foreign subsidiaries or opportunities to attend one of the DHBW’s partner universities.
The Company had 116 apprentices and Cooperative State University students last year (2014: 101). In 2015, 35 apprentices and Cooperative State University students successfully completed their apprenticeship or degree. At the same time, 25 new apprentices and students began their training.
In addition, a centrally organized trainee program was established last year to secure a pool of potential management talent. The graduates selected take part in specialized, internationally focused training programs in the Group’s own retail business, human resources management or finance & controlling, for example.
HUGO BOSS reaches out to its talents early on
In order to identify and attract talent from outside the Company at an early stage, HUGO BOSS works closely with national and international universities. It reaches out to school and college students with numerous company presentations, workshops, tours of the headquarters in Metzingen and presentations at universities by employees from various departments. In this connection, the partnership with Parsons The New School for Design in New York was further intensified last year. The Group also maintains close contact with the faculty of fashion design at the Pforzheim University of Applied Science, the ESB Business School Reutlingen, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and Bocconi University in Milan. It often uses the contacts established in these initiatives to recruit young talents. In 2015, the Group also established initial contact with young potentials at 15 job fairs.
Internship as a possible career entry point
Over 400 interns had the opportunity to gain practical experience in nearly all HUGO BOSS departments last year. During their stay with the Group, interns also attend events especially organized for them where they have the chance to network and gain insights about the Group beyond their own departments. After the internship, particularly committed and talented interns are given the opportunity to complete their studies with final-year projects within the Group. In 2015, HUGO BOSS mentored almost 30 final-year papers.
HUGO BOSS enhances its appeal as an employer
The success of the Group’s employer branding activities and intern mentoring is reflected in a further improvement in its position in various employer rankings. For example, the Group further improved its placing among the 100 most attractive employers in Germany in the business & economics and IT categories of the annual independent student survey Universum TOP 100.