Training and Development

Company Training: Filling Positions From Within the Company Itself

Training is a top priority within our company. We are proud of the fact that we are continuing to expand our commitment to vocational training on an ongoing basis and in a whole variety of areas. Our professional training concept provides an optimum basis for finding creative solutions to respond to individual challenges. By way of example, we allow mothers to complete their training on a part-time basis, thereby helping young people to obtain professional qualifications.

Our company employed a total of 462 trainees as of December 31, 2017, (Dec. 31, 2016: 430) training for 14 different occupations in 22 locations, as well as offering dual-degree programs (144 commercial and 318 technical trainees). This means that trainees account for 5.5% of the total workforce.

During the reporting year, 43 commercial and 23 technical trainees had reached the first milestone in their careers by successfully completing their traineeship at Vonovia in the summer of 2017.

In recognition of the excellent quality of training provided by Vonovia, the company was singled out in 2016 as an exemplary training company by the German Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies (GdW) and received an award from the magazine Focus Money for being one of “Germany’s best training companies.”

The German Olympic Sports Association, representatives of the conference of sports ministers and of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce awarded Vonovia as one of the top sports-friendly companies of 2017. The company was recognized for its exceptional commitment, which provides top athletes with the ideal conditions to allow them to combine competitive sports with a professional career. Vonovia was also awarded the title of “Germany’s best training company” by the business magazine Capital.

Our HR Development Tools

Our HR development tools ensure that our mission statement is put into practice in day-to-day work and form the basis for ongoing further development. HR development at Vonovia helps employees to unleash their potential. The aim is to recruit internally wherever possible. This is why talent management is an important aspect. Talents are identified and developed, measures are taken to ensure that high-performers stay with the company and steps are taken to ensure systematic succession planning. Our HR development tools help us to achieve this.

Targeted Further Training

Targeted further training forms a key component of our HR management system. Training courses and programs are tailored to suit our needs. Our employees are given the training they need for their current or future positions and requirements.

Vonovia’s in-house Vonovia Academy offers training sessions and specialist seminars, as well as certified qualification schemes. It offers our employees a whole range of opportunities for specialist, methodological and personal further development.

The customer is at the heart of everything we do. This is also reflected in our further training programs, which consistently focus on customer and service orientation. By way of example, they simulate realistic working situations and offer communication training so that employees can respond even better to our customers’ needs in their day-to-day work.

This year, a certified course leading to a qualification as a “Specialist real estate manager for residential property (Chamber of Industry and Commerce)” was designed specifically for Vonovia. It focuses on a range of topics including management duties, recent court decisions and communications.