Learning for today and tomorrow
All our employees can benefit from learning and development opportunities that support them in enhancing their knowledge and skills at all ages and career stages. In 2017, our permanent employees participated in approximately 765,500 development activities, including mandatory training on compliance, business and other topics. This was an average of 12.2 training sessions, or 2.3 training days, per employee.
Global demographic changes mean that many people are working longer in life, and doing so in a rapidly changing environment. This makes ongoing training and personal development more important than ever. We have a number of classes, events and initiatives that target experienced employees across the firm. One example is a suite of lifelong learning programs for age 45+ employees in Switzerland – including specialized learning, personal career planning sessions and training in information and communication technologies, networking, languages, social media and multi-generational collaboration.
Empowering leaders and developing careers
We expect our leaders at all levels to support our strategy and be role models for behaviors that further strengthen our culture. We develop current and future leaders through a leadership program suite that spans from first-level line managers to senior executive levels. Programs like our Senior Leadership Experience for our most senior executives and the Senior Leadership Program for managing directors help define our expectations for leadership excellence and build confidence in our strategy and culture. All employees and managers are asked to consider development activities and career planning in regular, two-way discussions. And line managers are expected to actively support both development and internal mobility for employees, as these are key factors for professional growth, engagement and retention.
By encouraging our employees to actively work on their development and design their own individual learning journeys, UBS fosters an inspiring work and learning environment. “It means that we take full ownership of our own lifelong learning,” says Stefan Seiler, “and develop our capabilities to stand out as a winner, today and tomorrow.”