One of the great advantages of the South African truck industry being linked to the global world is that we get to benefit from the expertise, innovation and skills base of the parent companies of local suppliers. This is especially important given our general lack of skills – particularly in the engineering arena.
In this regard, it was heartening to hear that the top ‘Employers Institute’ in Europe has awarded Knorr-Bremse the “Top Employer for Engineers in Germany 2014” prize. It honours the high attractiveness of the company – recognised as one of the world’s leading braking systems manufacturers – for professional engineers.
Knorr-Bremse is perceived as a driver of innovative, sustainable and technically sophisticated system solutions. An important prerequisite for lasting market success is dedicated, well-trained engineers who are passionate about the development of technologically excellent products.
The ‘Employers Institute’ recognised that at Knorr-Bremse, these engineers find an attractive work environment which is characterised by fascinating technologies, modern workplaces and exciting careers and development opportunities.
The Top Employer Institute globally certifies employers with particularly attractive working conditions that support the personal and professional development of their employees. Only companies that meet the objective evaluation standards at a high level can qualify for the annually awarded certificate, the “Top Employer”.
The evaluation criteria include not only the employer benefits but also the topics of performance-oriented work environment, modern HR strategy, opportunities for personal development as well as the innovative strength and market position of the company.
“We’ve placed special focus on creating the optimal framework for our engineers so that they can develop outstanding technical products and systems. The good performance during the external certification is confirmation of the previously implemented measures. At the same time, the process gives us valuable information about the areas in which we can further increase our attractiveness,” says Dr. Marc Pastowsky, head of Human Resources at the Knorr-Bremse group.
Congratulations to Knorr-Bremse on this accolade. It means a lot to you but also to South Africa as the by-products of this expertise are enjoyed by us in South Africa.