The Bolognese automaker reveals that just over the course of 2014, it expanded its workforce by "192 highly qualified technicians and specialists," bringing its roster up to 1,175 employees. That's a large share of the 500 new staffers it has hired over the last four years, and the company plans to hire more in 2015 "with equally significant numbers." Just as impressively, while unemployment is booming in Italy, especially among the younger generation, about half of those new recruits at the factory in Sant'Agata are under 30.
Human resources isn't the only part of the company that's expanding, though. The Raging Bull marque is participating in motorsports more than it ever has before, but the biggest achievement can be seen in its sales figures. The company sold a record 2,530 units last year, which is a good hundred more than its previous record from 2008 and about ten times the numbers it was moving when Volkswagen and Audi took over in the late '90s. The arrival of the new Hurácan promises to drive its sales even higher, and if Wolfsburg ever gives it the green light, a third model line (like the Urus crossover) would shoot its numbers through the roof.
Sant'Agata Bolognese, 28 January 2015 - 2014 was an extraordinary year
for Automobili Lamborghini: not only from the standpoint of sales (2,530
cars delivered to customers), but other indicators also demonstrate the
growth of the House of the Raging Bull. In 2014, the company hired 192
highly qualified technicians and specialists, bringing the total number of
permanent employees to 1,175. Over the last four years, nearly 500 new
employees have been hired, all with open-ended contracts. Further
recruitment is planned in 2015 with equally significant numbers.
Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini,
commented: "Lamborghini is undergoing a strong phase of growth in both
sales and in terms of recruitment. We invest significantly in our people: we
are committed to continuously seeking excellence in all our employees and
all that we do. In 2015 we plan to hire further."
The hiring focus has been on young talent. In fact, 50% of the new
appointments are aged under 30, a countertrend to the unemployment rate
for young adults in Italy, with the aim of continuing investment in
professional skills development.
In the last year, the number of new secondary school and university
graduates coming into the company has tripled thanks to the apprenticeship
program offered by Lamborghini. The program includes a training course
that stands out in Italian industry for its particular characteristics.
The constant attention to the company workforce and their families translates
into a host of activities and initiatives aimed at fostering a good work-life
balance, including a full engagement program centered on training, people,
well-being, and the environment.
The degree of employee job satisfaction is monitored by a climate analysis
that year on year has shown a clear upward trend. The corporate welfare
initiatives at Lamborghini also brought the company prestigious recognition in
2014 in relation to human resources including Top Employers Italia 2014
certification, and the Best Employer of Choice award as the most desirable
company to work for by recent college graduates in Italy.
"Lamborghini is committed to concretely demonstrating its responsibility
towards society. For some time now we have established important
collaborative initiatives with nearby institutions, with schools and universities,
because the competences of our people represent one of the most important
assets of our company and a driving force for the development of society. Our
partnership with the Bologna Business School Foundation and the DESI
project ("Dual Education System Italy", which aims to combine scholastic
education with in-company professional training) are two concrete examples
of our vision," added Umberto Tossini, Lamborghini's Human Resources and
Organization Director. "One of our strengths is also the collaborative
approach to union relationships, based on ongoing dialogue and consideration
in all key areas of company life."
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant'Agata Bolognese,
in North-eastern Italy. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which made its world debut
at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, is the successor to the iconic Gallardo and, with its
innovative technology and exceptional performance, it redefines the driving
experience of luxury super sports cars. The Coupé and Roadster versions of the
Aventador LP 700-4 are the new benchmark in the world of luxury super sports cars
with the V12 engine. With 130 dealerships throughout the world, Automobili
Lamborghini, in half a century, has created a continuous series of dream cars, 3
including the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, and limited series
including Reventón, Sesto Elemento and Aventador J. The Veneno Coupé, Egoista and
Veneno Roadster were produced to celebrate the 50th birthday of the company in