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Training, Education, Development & Recognition

We are committed to helping all employees reach their full potential by encouraging professional curiosity and continuous improvement. Our training, education, and development programs lay the foundation for employee success by meeting the unique and evolving needs of our teams. Our feedback and recognition programs elevate ideas and stories across cultural, language, and geographic locations and celebrate a commitment to our shared purpose.


Through Schnitzer’s annual Core Values training, employees review the principles behind our Company’s purpose. Each year we implement a new interactive course that highlights selected topics of particular relevance. The course also includes an overview of the Company’s Code of Conduct that outlines ethical behavior standards, best practices for reporting misconduct, rules against retaliation, the importance of mutual respect, and our zero-tolerance policies on discrimination and harassment. By reviewing our Core Values and Code of Conduct simultaneously, we actively reinforce our shared accountability.

In 2022 Schnitzer’s Core Values course was completed by 100% of our employees and all members of our Company’s Board of Directors.


In 2022, we continued our Business Learning and Awareness Program to communicate our business to the employee community. Over the past year, we hosted quarterly virtual events to meet the following goals:

  • Provide broad exposure to senior leadership teams.
  • Offer an opportunity to learn about Company goals and ongoing initiatives.
  • Highlight connections between department functions and business success.
  • Communicate foreseeable business challenges across the Company.
  • Present development opportunities to employees across the Company.

Through the Business Learning and Awareness Program, we review strategic business objectives and help employees develop a stronger understanding of roles and responsibilities outside their immediate scope of work.


Schnitzer’s Learning and Development program offers resources to enhance performance and help employees reach their full potential by targeting foundational leadership competencies and business skills and providing the tools employees need to succeed in today’s work environment.

In 2022, through our Building a Brighter Future campaign, we offered access to online training courses aimed at enhancing individual performance and sharpening leadership skills. The Building a Brighter Future curriculum focused on three main topics: communication, career advancement, and leadership.

Promoting Career Advancement

Brian Naguiat's career at Pick-n-Pull started in 2015. In his first role as a Vehicle Purchasing Associate, Brian learned to appreciate the complexities of receiving and processing incoming vehicles. Eager to grow his career, Brian explored learning and development opportunities to increase his understanding of the business, which helped him earn a Sales Lead position in 2016. Working alongside various leaders within the organization to learn from their experiences, Brian successfully advanced his professional goals to become Store Manager of our Richmond, California Pick-n-Pull store in 2022. Brian’s journey is a prime example of career advancement at Schnitzer, made possible through a collaborative and supportive workplace environment, and the educational and training resources offered to all employees.

Ethics in Action Awards

Schnitzer’s Ethics in Action Awards recognize employees who demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment to the Company’s high standards of integrity and ethical behavior. Since 2017, this employee-nominated award has acknowledged 60 employees for serving as role models to their peers, doing the right thing in a tough situation, or any other action that clearly demonstrates our Core Value of Integrity.

350+ courses on career advancement and leadership skills

300 courses on enhancing workplace digital communications

Schnitzer team members completed more than 67,000+ combined hours of training


Whether an employee has been with the Company for three years or thirty years, our monthly recognition efforts promote awareness among our workforce and offer appreciation for enduring commitment to advancing Schnitzer’s vision for a sustainable tomorrow.

Schnitzer’s STAR Program recognizes employees who go above and beyond their workplace responsibilities for the good of the Company, other employees, and our customers. Nominations for the program are driven entirely by employees and acknowledge teammates who demonstrate exemplary performance in the areas of Safety, Teamwork, Attitude, and Resourcefulness.

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