Professional education has a firm place in the Group
HUGO BOSS invests in the vocational training of young people in order to secure its need for skilled professionals in the long run. The Group offers a broad spectrum of industrial/technical and commercial apprenticeships as well as combined degree and vocational training courses in collaboration with Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW). During the apprenticeship period, the Group considers it very important that general and specialized training and development opportunities are provided, for example by offering Cooperative State University students international assignments to a subsidiary abroad.
The number of apprentices and Cooperative State University students passed the 100 mark again last year (2014: 101; 2013: 101). In 2014, 31 apprentices and Cooperative State University students successfully completed their apprenticeship or degree. At the same time, 34 new apprentices and students began their course.
HUGO BOSS reaches out to its talents early on
HUGO BOSS positions itself clearly in the market as an attractive employer for young people. In order to identify and attract talent at an early stage, the Group cooperates closely with universities in Germany and abroad.
HUGO BOSS stays in touch with high school and college students through numerous company presentations and workshops, tours of the headquarters in Metzingen and presentations by employees of various departments at universities. In 2014, the Group established a cooperation with Parsons The New School for Design in New York, for example. It also holds close contact with the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and Bocconi University in Milan. The Group often uses the contacts it establishes with these initiatives to recruit young talents. In 2014, the Group also established initial contact with young talents at 15 job fairs.
Internship as a career start
Over 400 interns were given the opportunity of gaining practical experience in nearly all the HUGO BOSS departments in 2014. During their period with the Group, interns have the opportunity to attend events organized especially for them where they can network and gain insights into other departments of the Group. Selected interns can follow up their internship by writing their final-year papers at the Group. In 2014, HUGO BOSS mentored almost 30 final-year papers.
HUGO BOSS increases its attractiveness to young talents
The success of the Group’s employer branding activities and intern mentoring was reflected in a further improvement in its ranking in various lists of Germany’s most popular employers last year. For example, the Group has been able to improve its ranking in the list of the 100 most attractive employers in Germany in the annual independent student survey Universum TOP 100.