Schindler keeps communities on the move. We strive to make a positive contribution to society through targeted Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
“By giving young people the opportunity to develop professional skills and experience, we help them build the foundations of their careers. In return, they help us to focus on the future and the next generation.”
Bruno Wicki, Head of Vocational Training, Schindler Switzerland
With youth unemployment being a global challenge, we are proud to give young people the opportunity to take their first step into the world of work and develop the skills and experience they need to move forward in their careers. Within the Group, apprenticeships help prepare future generations of service technicians and fitters.
At the end of 2019, over 4,000 students were engaged in vocational education and training programs in over 40 countries.
We have started to harmonize the skills and experience apprentices gain at Schindler on a global level aiming to create a Group standard for apprentice fitters and service technicians. The standard will provide guidance on the curriculum, program set-up and administration.
Despite our efforts to make vocational education and training programs more inclusive and diverse, it remains challenging to attract young women in our industry, particularly for apprenticeships in technical professions such as fitters or service technicians. However, Schindler Australia reached an encouraging 15% female apprentices in technical professions in 2019.
A great example of how our products can support inclusive urban development comes from Medellín, Colombia. A series of outdoor escalators installed on a hillside in the city have transformed a strenuous uphill journey into a short escalator ride. This has improved the daily commute of 12,000 community residents who previously faced a long walk up and down the hill every day.
For the last six years, the Tour de Schindler has brought a team of cyclists together to cycle between two European cities. In 2019, the initiative took on a new dimension, engaging cyclists from six different European countries to undertake the ride to Schindler headquarters in Ebikon. Funds raised by the cyclists went to support a range of social causes.