Learning & Development

Our ability to drive results and grow our business is directly linked to having the best talent in the industry. We offer associates the tools and resources to excel in their jobs and take on new challenges.

We take a blended approach for associate development programs including e-learning, classes and distance learning. Internal and externally developed training materials follow Instructional Systems Design standards, a teaching approach that emphasizes the importance of meeting the individual training needs of our associates.

Training courses and materials are available through Sysco Interactive University (SIU), which provides associates with development opportunities, builds awareness of new and existing policies and procedures and contributes to a culture of continuous learning. Associates can use SIU to enroll in courses and attend virtual classrooms. Participation and performance is tracked and monitored by associates and their supervisors as part of performance and development reviews.

Approximately 3,500 e-learning courses provided by our partner, Skillsoft, are available, including discussions, simulations, leadership development and presentations from well-known thought leaders. SIU also offers more than 125 certifications in business and IT skills as well as preparatory coursework for several industry standard exams. The Sysco learning team also works with departments such as Risk Management, Human Resources and Sales to create and support training initiatives as needed.

Sysco Interactive University enrollment and course participation in FY2014
Number of associate profiles in SIU 58,634
Number of unique users 43,771 (74.6% usage)
Number of certifications earned 6,558
Individual course completions 262,518

Our frontline supervisor development program for sales and operations associates uses a blend of classroom and e-learning modules, with facilitated discussion groups, delivered over a 6 month to 2 year period, depending on the program.

More than 90 percent of our operating companies are participating in the operations program; nearly 80 percent are participating in the sales program.