For the past 25 years, Bechtle has put a lot of emphasis on training young people, thereby securing its supply of qualified junior personnel. In 2008, the company offered training for twelve different administrative and technical professions like information technology, IT systems management assistance, systems electronics, and warehouse management. Furthermore, Bechtle trains students of the University of Cooperative Education, mainly in business IT and commerce.

With more than 1,000 applications submitted for the 31 training positions posted for the following year, the interest in training at Bechtle was even higher than in the previous year (800 applications for 36 training positions). At the end of the reporting period, the company had a total of 281 young trainees, including 35 junior team members abroad. The training ratio increased to 6.4 per cent (prior year: 6.0 per cent).

Bechtle considers needs-oriented training to be an important step towards making the business future-proof. Thus, in the 2008 reporting period, all successfully qualified trainees were given permanent employment contracts.

High certification density stands for competent consulting

Compared to other companies in the industry, Bechtle boasts a high certification density. By means of vendor-certified employees, Bechtle guarantees a high level of consulting quality and solution competence for its customers at all times. In 2008, too, employee certification measures constituted a central part of the HR work.

The Bechtle Academy, which was established by the company in 1999, complements the individual training at the group locations, offering all employees a comprehensive programme ranging from ongoing training measures to the acquisition of special skills to interdisciplinary seminars. The monthly introductory events for new employees are also supervised by the Bechtle Academy.

In 2008, the Bechtle Academy organised 325 events with a total of 3,778 participants, thereby making a significant contribution to the qualification of Bechtle’s workforce. More than 35 per cent of the events highlighted process-related topics; introductory events for new employees accounted for more than 20 per cent. Sales training measures came third, with a share of 16 per cent.