Prioritizing training

For Lafarge, training is an investment in the future. Skilled and satisfied employees play an important role in the Group's long-term success. Training and skills development enables our employees to take control of their own careers.


Developing talent everywhere and for everyone

Throughout their careers, we offer our employees internal training programs that relate to the Group's professions and culture. Increased emphasis is being placed towards informal on-the-job training.

External training programs provided by specialized organizations or business schools may be offered to meet specific individual needs.

In 2014, the number of hours of training per person averaged across all sites stood at 30 hours for executives and 36 hours for non-executives.

In addition to the formal training program, we also promote the iLearn mindset (I Learn Everyday Acting and Reflecting with my Network). This approach gives a broader spectrum to learning, empowering the individuals to be active in their own on-the-job development.


Lafarge University: developing a culture of excellence

Lafarge University was created in 2003. It was designed to improve management and encourage managers to act in compliance with the Group's Principles of Action. This corporate university works in partnership with some of the best business schools in the world: Insead and Henley in Europe and Duke University and Chicago G.S.B. in the United States.

The program includes individual development plans and skills training. Each year, 12 sessions are held in Asia, 12 in North and South America and 25 in Europe and Africa. Each session brings together between 8 and 20 different nationalities! These sessions help to build networks between managers and encourage knowledge sharing and best practice development.
Programs are regularly updated and enriched. For example, Lafarge University is working with the Executive Finance Committee to implement a program on the ways financial directors can add value within their management committee.