The year 2018 was a particularly memorable one for our human resources department: Ivoclar Vivadent was recognized as offering one of the best vocational training programs in Switzerland. The company also received a special prize from the Swiss initiative “Great Place to Work”, honouring its apprentice development efforts in 2018. Alexander Toth, who heads the vocational training program at Ivoclar Vivadent, explains why the company is so popular among young people.
Mr Toth, what distinguishes Ivoclar Vivadent from other companies?
We develop our apprentices not only professionally, but also individually. The fact that our program is holistic makes it so special.
What exactly does “personal development” mean?
We emphasize self-reliance and personal responsibility. We would like young people to express and present their opinions and ideas and to stand by them. We encourage them to give constructive feedback and teach them to accept criticism. Making mistakes and learning from them is just as important as building team spirit. To stay on top of things, our instructors undergo further training on a regular basis.
Ninety per cent of the apprentices take up permanent employment with Ivoclar Vivadent. How do you manage this?
We offer attractive entry-level jobs after they have completed their training. We even finance the studies of very promising learners and assure them of a permanent position once they have graduated. Talented and motivated young people are our greatest asset. Learning to work together in a team is essential during the training period and helps newcomers to get their bearings very quickly. And besides, it’s a lot of fun.
The instructors from Ivoclar Vivadent and their apprentics celebrate the award won for the best vocational training program in Switzerland. Ivoclar Vivadent provides professional training for young people in Schaan (LI), Ellwangen (DE) and Naturns (IT).