Implenia is developing and building the world of tomorrow. Its success depends more than anything else on well-trained and committed employees. Implenia actively invests in attracting and retaining such employees for the long term: by offering exciting jobs, targeted training and development, a modern working environment and a culture of diversity and integration.
Number of employees (FTE) and proportion of women as at 31.12.2022
Age structure 2022 in %
Prospects for committed employees
In order to attract as many committed and qualified employees as possible at a time when skilled workers are in increasingly short supply, and to inspire these people to stay with the company for many years, Implenia uses a series of measures and offers a variety of work and development opportunities for employees at all stages of their career.
Opportunities for a new career...
Those just coming into the industry, for example, appreciate an initial opportunity to prove themselves. The construction practitioner who completes an apprenticeship at Implenia – a first step on the way to her dream job as an architect. The aspiring civil engineer, who combines studies with training as a reinforced concrete builder at Implenia, thus acquiring important practical experience and the skills needed to succeed in the world of work. And the young engineer, direct from university, who enrols in Implenia’s construction management development programme.
… or further professional development
Whether they are fresh from school or in the middle of a successful career, motivated people are always looking for interesting prospects. This includes experienced professionals who can systematically pass on their knowledge to young talent. As an internationally active Group, Implenia also offers a wealth of job opportunities across business areas and in different countries, and actively supports employees if they want to develop in a new direction or work abroad.
The young tunnel construction manager from France, who wanted to move with his German wife and family to Munich, decided to pursue a career at Implenia for precisely this reason.
Inspired by extraordinary projects
Extraordinary projects offer an opportunity to learn or to use new technologies and approaches – even to experts with many years of professional experience. And it is always exciting to work on large-scale projects with high visibility: projects that shape how we will live, work and travel in the future. The experienced manager on the Gotthard tunnel project, for example, loves working on one of the largest infrastructure projects of the 21st century.
Talented people want to move forward and Implenia wants to help shape new developments and trends. To meet both requirements, Implenia actively invests in its employees’ training and development. It starts with the youngest: in 2022, 187 apprentices and trainees completed their two-to-four-year basic training at Implenia. Some of them are staying at the company, where they will join and strengthen existing teams. Many others will come back to Implenia after additional training or will even do this training while at Implenia.
An in-house training programme for young construction managers was successfully piloted in 2022, for example. This was designed to counter the shortage of skilled workers in this field and enable committed specialists and graduates to grow into new roles with the support of experienced professionals. This and similar programmes are actively supported by individual training courses provided outside the company.
Proud of our diversity and training
Investing in leadership skills
As well as promoting specialist industry skills, Implenia invests in training managers. In 2022, the six-day “Winning Performance” training course, held every year since 2014, brought together 56 motivated, talented individuals from Switzerland, Germany and France for training in expert knowledge, (self-)leadership and communication, sustainability, and Lean and change management.
Implenia also launched the WE LEAD development programme in 2022 in order to reach a wider circle of managers. It is based on a management training strategy developed for Implenia by emba X, a joint venture between ETH and the University of St. Gallen. Various modules are digitalised to make them more widely available. In 2022 alone, around 200 managers completed at least one module; another 400 should follow in 2023.
An attractive working environment
Exciting projects and promising development opportunities make an employer attractive. It is equally important to provide employees with an environment where they feel comfortable and can reconcile their professional and private aspirations. Implenia’s multi-award winning headquarters, Connect, provides a modern, sustainable and collaborative office environment for about 700 employees. Further locations will gradually be upgraded in a similar way, as the Lugano office was in 2022.
The use of state-of-the-art technology, a progressive home office policy and trust-based working hours allow Implenia’s office-based employees to arrange their work lives in a flexible manner.
Space for encounters
Collaborative work is just one aspect: Implenia also creates space for less formal encounters at various events and celebrations. These include summer parties on construction sites, site and team Christmas parties, and the monthly after-work office party.
Enrichment through diversity
The company also invests in a culture of diversity and integration that promotes different perspectives and experiences and encourages employees to appreciate and value each other. Implenia has set itself a goal of attracting more women into the industry and to specialist and management positions. Preparations were made in 2022 to strengthen specific support activities in this area.
A good employer
Regular surveys among employees help Implenia to understand and respond to their needs. It is not surprising, therefore, that Implenia is seen as an attractive employer. This is confirmed by independent assessments and by the fact that around a quarter of Implenia Switzerland’s workforce has returned to the company after a job elsewhere.