Blended learning boosts young talent at construction supplier Hilti

Capability building program


Hilti commissioned IMD to create a business education section of its graduate trainee program, which it runs to turn high-potential executives into the company’s future leaders.


The challenge was providing the best and most impactful learning experience but also allowing participants to continue to perform at their jobs all over the world.

Custom approach

IMD responded by taking parts of its highly-personalized online-based programs and adding on-campus learning to create a curriculum that was 100% tailored to Hilti’s needs.


The online learning gives the participants a theoretical basis in business fundamentals then they come to IMD to work on applying and consolidating what they have learned.

Eivind Slaen

Head of People and Development

I think the length of IMD’s online programs and the peer element are important parts of why they work so well. The peer element is motivating. If you’re alone, it’s easy not to do an online course. Also since they are studying for six weeks at a time and not, say, a year, it’s not so daunting. IMD is great at offering the type of learning in the cloud that wasn’t available to companies before. The modular nature of the program with IMD enabled us to adapt it to our company’s strategy.