Their cars adorn bedroom walls of adolescents and grown men the world over, the same fantasy could now extend to many resumes too. Turns out that the maker of some of the most desirable cars in the world, is also the “Top Employer” in Italy. Automobili Lamborghini, for the second year in a row, has obtained the prestigious Top Employer Italy 2015 Certification. An honor bestowed each year by the Top Employers Institute on companies with excellent workplace environments and advanced policies in Human Resource management.
The Top Employer certification program is a process lasting about a year, during which companies with at least 250 employees at national level or 2500 employees at international level are vetted. Certification is granted only after a structured investigation and verification procedure in which nine criteria are considered, including salary policies, working conditions and benefits, training and professional growth, career opportunities and corporate culture. Only companies that attain the very high scores required by certification are recognized as Top Employers.
Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann commented, “Our success is the result of the hard work and dedication of the women and men who work for us. With their professionalism and passion, they contribute every day to achieving the most ambitious business objectives. Continuous investment in our people and their professional development are key elements in becoming an increasingly attractive employer and achieving high standards of quality and excellence.”
Umberto Tossini, Human Resources and Organization Manager at Automobili Lamborghini, added, “Our vision of Corporate Responsibility is based on the sustainable development of the economy, society and the environment, and it guides us in advancing a method of management centered on people. In this regard we have developed a number of important projects, such as the DESI program, which aims to combine scholastic education with in-house vocational training, but also a comprehensive People Care program centered around training, individuals, well-being and the environment.”
At present, Lamborghini has 1175 employees at its historic Sant’Agata Bolognese headquarters. 2014 was an extraordinary year, with the hiring of 192 highly qualified technicians and specialists. Over the last four years, nearly 500 new permanent employees have been hired.
Through the “Dual Education System Italy” (DESI) project, Automobili Lamborghini has introduced, along with Ducati, an innovative educational program in Italy. The objective is to provide young people with new prospects for professional and personal growth, especially in the areas most impacted by unemployment due to the lack of effective technical and educational tools for work placement. Drawing on the dual model, school education is combined with practical in-house training. From 2014 to 2016, a total of 48 students at the Aldini Valeriani and Belluzzi Fioravanti schools in Bologna and at Lamborghini and Ducati are following a dual training course to develop the skills needed to obtain the secondary school diploma and qualifications for entering the job market.
Under this project, carried out in partnership with the Volkswagen Employees’ Foundation, the Audi Group, the Scholastic Department of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, and the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Department of Education, Vocational Training, University, Research and Employment, the students will begin their in-house training activities on March 16th. The program is also aimed for socially disadvantaged young men and women.
Innovative People Care policies
The focus on people is manifested in the promotion of a corporate culture based on responsibility and respect, on skills and on the orientation towards the future, with the aim of creating value by recognizing the professional identity of each individual. The constant attention to employees and their families is reflected in numerous activities and initiatives aimed at constantly improving well-being both in and outside the workplace, which translate into real benefits for those who work at Lamborghini. These include health insurance; free check-ups and vaccinations; mobility facilities; the Maternity&Paternity Kit for employees expecting a child; free access to sports facilities; special terms at local nursery schools, fitness centers, businesses and cultural activities; and a company restaurant featuring healthy options and locally produced foods.