Walgreens Boots Alliance is a dynamic global Company and achieving our ambitious goals depends on the motivation and quality of our employees at every level. Our employees are a key asset and we recognize that our success is a result of their loyalty, passion and drive.
Walgreens Boots Alliance collaborates with universities to attract young talent
Walgreens Boots Alliance has been working in collaboration with universities and institutions for many years. For the past four years, the Company has taken part in the ‘Leaders of the Future’ initiative, run by The European House Ambrosetti. Each year, to support this initiative, our Company offers a one-year scholarship to five final-year students from universities across Italy.
In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance established a strong partnership with Politecnico di Milano University and has been involved in international job fairs, as well as workshops with students, organized by the university’s career advisors. The Company also works in collaboration with Bocconi University in Milan and has participated every year at the ‘Bocconi&Jobs Abroad’ which is an event that takes place in London.
Walgreens Boots Alliance continued its partnership with the Nottingham University Business School to develop an executive leadership development program and a high potential development program.
Walgreens University educates and develops its team members in the USA
Founded in 2013, Walgreens University’s goal is to lead its industry in classroom and online programming that engages, educates and develops team members for rewarding long-term careers.
That year, the business cut the ribbon for a new educational facility near its Deerfield, Illinois support office, centralizing training operations and establishing technology-enhanced classrooms, a mock-drugstore, collaborative educational spaces, distance learning programs and teleconferencing. It also serves as a base of operations for employee educational programs offered online and in regional locations nationwide.
Walgreens University delivers more than 100 courses which are developed both internally and through other educational institutions, and the Walgreens offerings are among the few corporate training programs to offer college credit for certain classes, including pharmacy technician training and management and retail fundamentals.
Education providers to Walgreens University include DePaul University, which offers an onsite MBA program; Lake Forest Graduate School of Management; University of Maryland University College (UMUC); Webster University; the University of Phoenix; and DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management. Tuition discounts of 10-25 percent are available to many Walgreens team members and their families.
Customized pharmacy management development program launched
Our businesses in the Netherlands has developed a customized pharmacy management development program in partnership with Nyenrode Business University. The program was established to develop pharmacy graduates’ skills in business, management and organization, areas that do not form part of the current curriculum of pharmacy studies in the Netherlands.
This program is an important part of improving our customer and employee offering in the Netherlands and in our pharmacies, as well as in our Alphega network of independent pharmacies.
There is also strong participation by independent pharmacies with over 100 participants in the various programs. The program also received strong recognition in the Dutch pharmacy industry.
Boots UK continues apprenticeship and traineeship scheme
Boots UK continued to develop its apprenticeship program and in October 2014, the business welcomed a further 18 students to its ‘Future Leaders Apprenticeship’. The program has been running since 2011 and has supported over 73 apprentices aged between 18 to 24 years old.
In addition, in June 2015, Boots piloted a traineeship program in stores as part of a new government initiative to help young people to seek employment, return to education or progress onto an apprenticeship. The 12 week program piloted in Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Leicester and was carried out in partnership with Babington College, an apprenticeship training provider.
Borderless learning through the ADC
Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Assessment and Development Center (ADC) is part of the learning and development function within the Company. Its aim is to identify learning needs and provide assessment and development services by designing and implementing programs in line with key business objectives.
The new ‘borderless learning’ platform introduced during the year is an online resource that provides cultural business insights to support individuals working globally and virtually. Individuals can access the platform through the ADC Learning Zone, with a wide range of content in the form of PDF’s, podcasts, videos, quizzes and an online forum.
In addition, ADC has implemented a language-learning program which is currently available on the ADC Learning Zone in up to 25 languages.
The program was started in response to a growing request from employees across Walgreens Boots Alliance to build and develop their language skills.