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One of the four peaks of our Higher Standard 2025 strategy is focused directly on our employees’ engagement and professional development. We strongly believe that a highly-engaged workforce drives innovation, productivity and improved bottom-line results. One key area of engagement is our investment in training and development to ensure a strong succession pipeline and ample development opportunities to advance skills, knowledge and expertise to prepare our employees for bigger career opportunities ahead. Our programs include formal leadership, management and professional development programs, tuition reimbursement for external accredited programs, mentoring, self-guided online courses, instructor-led programs, and special project and rotational assignments that can lead to extensive global exposure.

These programs are a component in how we identify and develop our next generation of leaders. As part of our annual talent and succession planning process, leadership reviews 100% of our global professional staff to support the development of our talent pipeline for critical roles in general management, engineering and operations. This evaluation includes our Chief Executive Officer, all segment business leaders and functional leaders who are focused on engaging and developing our high-potential and diverse talent base for our most critical roles.

Key Training and Development Programs Offered at Lincoln Electric include:

Middle School & High School Programs: We partner with educators and nonprofit partners to educate local middle school students about the opportunities and career pathways available in the manufacturing sector. We also partner with select high schools to offer experiential training in a manufacturing environment to supplement traditional classroom learning. To help recruit future Lincoln Electric employees in manufacturing, we participate in career fairs at numerous high schools and career centers to highlight the various career paths at Lincoln Electric and offer post-secondary tuition reimbursement and skilled trade apprenticeships if students join Lincoln Electric post-graduation.

Skilled Trade Apprenticeships: We are committed to developing, growing, and retaining a diverse and skilled workforce through apprenticeships. Lincoln Electric apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job learning with related instruction in technical areas, such as Industrial Maintenance, Machining, Welding, and Tool & Die, to produce qualified, highly productive employees for careers requiring precision skills. Apprenticeship training ensures workers have the knowledge and competencies companies need for today and tomorrow.

Internship and Co-op Programs: We sponsor an intern and co-op program to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain real world experience while investing in their education. The program offers opportunities for multiple rotations in various departments and provides exposure to our world class Weld School, professional development, educational seminars, as well as networking opportunities with executives, managers and other young professionals. When students return to school, we encourage former interns to serve as Student Ambassadors on campus and engage future interns through a formalized engagement program. While the program was temporarily suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2019 summer intern program hosted 58 students, who were 45% diverse (women and minority groups) and represented 26 universities from across 13 U.S. states. As of 2019, our program had nearly doubled in five years and recognized as a “top 100 U.S. internship program,” as well as a “top five Northeast Ohio” program.

Engineering & Technical Sales Trainee Development Program: Lincoln Electric has a longstanding tradition of developing talent through our Engineering and Technical Sales Programs. We partner with colleges and universities to identify the talent needed to create a pipeline for long-term, diverse talents necessary for the Company to succeed. Our training and development programs offer students and recent graduates the opportunity to learn and grow professionally while actively contributing to the success of the Company. Many of our former Development Program graduates have gone on to be CEO’s, Presidents, Vice Presidents and esteemed subject matter experts in their fields. While this program was temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, our 2019 class included 34 trainees, 50% of whom were diverse (women and minority groups), and are graduates from 17 universities across 7 U.S. states.

Junior Board: For over 75 years, Lincoln Electric has nominated rising young professionals to serve a three-year term on our Junior Board. Junior Board members engage with senior management on special projects and initiatives that address business challenges and that can drive continuous improvement and excellence in the organization.

In the final analysis, all people on earth are on one team. What helps others will also help us. JF Lincoln, Founder

Developing Operational Excellence

People Learning

We offer lean training, including value stream mapping, Kaizen events, and 5S to standardize continuous improvement across our global business.

Global Leadership and Management Development Programs:

Lincoln Electric has a tradition of promoting from within and we recognize and reward employees who perform well and desire future career growth. To prepare our talent, we have invested in professional development courses, challenging on-the-job experiences and long-term career growth opportunities, which are all sponsored through our Lincoln Electric Employee Development (“LEed”) platform. LEed emphasizes our core value and commitment to Employee Development. LEed opportunities include our Leadership Development Program, Management Development Program, our broad-based global learning course catalog, and education and tools surrounding our talent management processes, including an annual in-depth talent review of all global professional talent.

Leadership Development Program: The Leadership Development Program is a two-year program structured to prepare rising global leaders for succession within the organization. Through the program, 25 high-potential leaders connect with peers from across regions, share challenges and work together to find effective solutions and enhance their skills, capabilities and competencies as a leader. Our goal is to ensure we have ready-to-be-deployed leaders with the right knowledge and skillsets aligned with the strategy, culture and vision of Lincoln Electric.

The Leadership Development Program is made up of four learning segments that tie into Lincoln Electric leader core competencies and our Higher Standard 2025 Strategy: Strategy and Value Creation, Customer Focus, Operational Excellence and Innovation, and Transformational Leadership. Each segment is comprised of coursework, Lincoln Electric application, and discussion with the executive team, as well as group and individual projects and presentations.

Management Development Program: Launched in 2018, the Management Development Program focuses on enhancing managerial skills through courses in talent management, employee engagement fundamentals, communications, negotiations, financial management, and project management. The Program is a 10-month program that is generally comprised of 20 to 30 rising managers and is offered regionally within the organization.

Professional Development: All global professionals participate in an annual performance management process that includes results-driven goal-setting that is aligned with their role and the strategic goals of the organization. This process is formalized through self-assessments and manager evaluations, as well as coaching and feedback on how to best meet goals and improve core competencies. As part of this process, our professionals develop and build career skills through dedicated Individual Development Plans created using the 70/20/10 blended learning model. This model is based on the belief that learning is largely developed through on-the-job experience but also through life experience as well as formal training and education. These plans, coupled with our annual performance management process, allow our professionals to own their career growth by utilizing the resources and support we offer.

As part of the Higher Standard 2025 strategy, we have invested in additional career development and training resources to support our employees’ development. In 2019, the LEed program successfully launched a global learning course catalog that offered training across a broad array of leadership and collaborative topics. That year, over 2,330 participants enrolled and completed a course. By the end of 2020, the platform served 3,400 participants and we have recently expanded our global learning course catalog to include content for all career levels, including training on business skills, technology and developer skills, productivity and collaboration tools, among others.

Six Sigma

To reinforce "quality" as a core value and operational excellence, we have invested in six sigma training and approximately 4,800 employees have trained in either Black, Red, or Grey Belt programs since the program launch, including over 690 employees in 2020.