Training addresses all roles, levels of responsibility, professional groups and individuals who are motivated to improving their own professional value in keeping with the Company's development and its evolving corporate culture.
Training was stepped up in 2012, with 93,906 hours provided within the Group for all employees, of which 62.5% in western countries, 11.9% in Asia and 25.6% in India.
Particular emphasis was given to professional training in the year for the introduction of new Product Lifecycle Management processes and tools, mainly involving R&D employees.

Hours of training by training area
Thematic area 2012* 2011*
Managerial training 26,824 16,937
Technical – professional training 34,806 19,333
Linguistic training 9,629 10,360
Safety and environmental training 22,647 5,334
Total 93,906 51,964
* Data do not include on-the-job training

Total training hours by professional category
Professional category 2012* 2011*
Senior management 1,618 2,255
Middle Management 16,137 8,645
White collars 48,771 33,260
Blue collars 19,890 7,445
Project workers 7,490 360
Total 93,906 51,964
Total per-capita 11.5 6.8
* Data do not include on-the-job training

The priority objective of Piaggio is to continually update individual and organisational skills and bring them in line with a changing business and Company strategies and to fully disseminate behaviour focused on competitive excellence, in keeping with Piaggio's managerial and professional competency models.

In 2012, in particular, Piaggio managerial training courses were continued and consolidated, including training based on requests originating from the EMS evaluation system. Training also focussed on the launch of the new Product Lifecycle Management system, involving Company R&D areas.

Piaggio also values the sharing of its know-how by organising training events managed by internal trainers, with a view to encouraging the exchange of the advanced methods and knowledge developed within company, so as to promote continuing improvement.