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Education and training 2012 Bosch offers 1,553 young people career perspectives with a future

  • Skilled personnel ensure the company’s long-term success
  • 50 different professions and study options are offered annually
  • International exchanges have been a part of Bosch training for 56 years
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  • September 13, 2012
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Stuttgart – This fall, 1,553 young people entered professional training programs at 60 Bosch locations and 100 branch offices around Germany. In taking on this much new talent, the supplier of technology and services has matched the number of opportunities for trainees and apprentices it has offered in previous years. In addition, the company has upheld its tradition of training more young people than are necessary to meet its own demand for staff. Currently, 6,600 young people are enrolled in Bosch training programs worldwide, including 4,600 in Germany. “Qualitative and quantitative excellence in education ensures that we have the qualified specialists we need and lays the foundation for our future success,” said Christoph Kübel, the Bosch board of management member responsible for human resources. “At the same time, we regard this training as part of our social responsibility to enable as many young people as possible to get a leg up in their careers.” According to Kübel, the number of new intakes will remain equally high next year.

Bosch offers occupational training schemes encompassing 50 different trades and courses of study ( As is the case most years, the majority of entrants – 995 in total – are involved in technical trades, including the “classical” areas of metalworking and electrical engineering, as well as newer fields like microtechnology and systems IT. 227 of the total are pursuing training in business or IT, and 331 are simultaneously earning a university degree, a one-quarter increase over last year. Those studying for a degree can do so according to two models: in the “dual-study” model, students complete a bachelor’s degree in three years, while the “cooperative study” model offers the chance to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a journeyman’s qualification from the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK).

Encouraging women to take up engineering
Only 13 percent of those currently training in the technical trades are female. Overall, the share of young women among the new entrants is 23 percent. To help kindle girls’ interest in the technical trades as well as promote young talent, Bosch participates in initiatives such as “Girls Day” and  "Technology Experience Day". On Girls Day 2012, more than 1,400 young women discovered the Bosch world at locations around Germany. In addition, Bosch actively encourages women to pursue careers in engineering through its support for Femtec, the German higher education career center for women in the sciences and engineering.

Since 1985, Bosch has acted as sponsor and organizer of the Baden-Württemberg heat of "Jugend forscht", a national youth science competition in which the company’s own researchers-in-training have frequently achieved success. As a founding member of the "Knowledge Factory - Companies for Germany" initiative, the company is also actively engaged in educating and supporting young people in the fields of science and technology. Across the country, Bosch has established 280 partnerships with educational institutions such as day care centers and schools.

International training exchanges
Training at Bosch focuses not only on the acquisition of theoretical and practical knowledge, but also on helping young people develop into independent, responsible professionals. Methodological and social skills are particularly emphasized, as is the ability to work effectively in a team. To facilitate this kind of learning, Bosch has been offering international training exchanges for 56 years. Each year, 20 percent of trainees and apprentices are offered the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of working in another culture.

Examples of international exchanges:
 „Students train students"

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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