We invest in talent development programs to grow our leaders and continuously improve the quality of our teams – with the ultimate goal of helping our employees build careers at Element Solutions. We offer numerous online, in-person and single-day event training programs to all our employees. All employees have access to our online training platform, which offers an expansive curriculum of leadership training content including: Developing Leadership Skills, Business Ethics Essentials, Women in Leadership, Customer Service Skills and Project Management. In 2020, over 50% of our employees participated in career and skill-specific trainings and our total employee training reached 22,810 hours. In addition, we financially support employees pursuing continuing education courses, including advanced degrees as well as English as a second language (ESL) training.
We recognize and reward exceptional contributors through numerous programs, which we are continuing to grow and expand. Many of the nominations for our employee awards are peer-driven as we believe this approach reinforces collaboration among colleagues and fosters a high-performance culture.