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. In the first six months of 2013, training continued, with 55,284 hours provided in the Group for all employees in all segments/areas.

Hours of training by training area

Thematic area 1st half of 2013 1st half of 2012
Managerial training 11,351 15,085
Technical – professional training 12,565 15,143
Language training 3,389 4,067
Safety and environmental training 27,979 8,767
Total 55,284 43,062

Total training hours by professional category

Professional category 1st half of 2013 1st half of 2012
Senior Management 1,196 625
Middle Management 5,651 8,699
White collars 25,760 24,167
Blue collars 19,511 2,416
Project workers 3,166 7,155
Total 55,284 43,062

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 2013, in particular, Piaggio managerial training courses were continued, including training based on requests originating from the EMS evaluation system. The content of training for the second stage of the new Product Lifecycle Management system, involving Company R&D areas, was developed in particular.

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 continual improvement.