Approximately 70 percent of an Associate’s learning and development takes place on the job.
About 20 percent comes from additional coaching and mentoring by line managers and, in many cases, professional executive coaches.
The remaining 10 percent of learning and development is through courses and training.
Mars University (Mars U) is the framework for learning and development across Mars, Incorporated.
It delivers a range of learning programs to build the functional, technical and leadership skills required to achieve our business goals.
Investing in education and development is important to Mars and Mars Associates, and creating world-class learning programs is our goal.
Mars U launched in 2006 and delivers both standardized and tailor-made learning programs.
These programs extend beyond classroom training, including the intranet and remote learning, to deliver education in the most effective way to Associates across the world.
It provides opportunities and resources designed to make your mission a success and allowing you to meet associates from other parts of the Mars family of businesses.
Our companywide online-learning management system provides a common place for Associates to learn. In addition, we provide education and consulting around the critical skills, tools and capabilities we need to reach our business goals.
• Embedding the Five Principles in our business
• Developing strong leaders
• Building capabilities and expertise to address specific business challenges
• Sharing ideas and best practices
In 2010, Mars invested more than $50 million in training and development through Mars U and other programs.
The transfer of knowledge from one generation to another is also at the heart of our company culture.