Rolex TrainingA Culture of Training and Mentorship
Mastering skills, acquiring and sharing knowledge, along with the continuous quest for perfection are key aspects of training at Rolex. For several decades, the company has been creating training programmes and methods to suit its various professions and support its employees’ career development. From initial training to continuing on-the-job tuition and specialist courses, a considerable range of resources are available. They enable the brand to pass on its carefully curated heritage of skills, practices and Rolex-specific knowledge.
Rolex’s investment in training – which goes beyond the scope of watchmaking and benefits all sectors – has three objectives: to ensure progress, allow skills to be developed within the company, and pass on the company’s unique culture. Rolex offers the same training opportunities to all its employees, whether they are based in Geneva, home to the brand’s world headquarters and three production sites, or in Bienne, where the movements are made.
In 1984, Rolex was the first company in Geneva to take on watchmaking apprentices.
The training of these future professionals combines periods of practical training within the company and theoretical classes in a vocational college each week – in line with the legal framework governing apprenticeships, which are very popular in Switzerland. The importance Rolex places on this “dual” education system and its evolution has led the brand to become actively involved with relevant official governing bodies.
A Facility Set for the Future
The Rolex Training Centre provides, on an ongoing basis, courses dedicated to apprentices and continuing training modules that teach employees about the company’s history, culture and values, as well as its watches. The centre also dispenses all other Rolex training programmes available to employees over the course of their careers, from the acquisition and development of technical expertise to management skills. Internships are also offered to students in higher education. Each year, around 100 apprentices, 100 interns and almost 3,000 employees from the three sites in Geneva benefit from the services offered by the Training Centre.