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DACHSER takes care of the next generation of logistics talents

All across Germany, 645 young adults started their training at the logistics company DACHSER. They had a number of professional placement options to choose from: two in business, two in IT, two in the trades, and one as a professional truck driver. The family business in cooperation with universities also offers courses in business administration with a focus on freight forwarding, transport, logistics, computer science, or business IT.
DACHSER takes care of the next generation of logistics talents

“DACHSER takes care of its young people and gives them direction and focus. That’s the best way to retain specialists for the future,” says DACHSER CEO Bernhard Simon. “As a global player, we train our young talent to work in logistics at the international level. The foundation for a successful career is built on a mix of theory and practice during this time.”

DACHSER trains 1,350 junior logistics staff across all age groups in Germany. The training rate is around ten percent. The chances of being hired after completing a successful apprenticeship are excellent. “We offer high-quality training, which allows us to stimulate talent, pass on knowledge, and foster skills and expertise. This lets us fill high-level positions from our own ranks down the road,” says Vera Weidemann, Head of Corporate Human Resources.

Professional drivers complete training

At the start of their training, 106 young adults chose to become professional truck drivers, including twelve women. This summer, 22 drivers successfully completed their training. They are the first training class from the DACHSER subsidiary DACHSER Service und Ausbildungs GmbH, which works with independent carriers to focus on the training and continued education of drivers. “DACHSER is doing its part to develop the drivers of tomorrow by working closely with our carriers,” says Simon.

In the meantime, the DACHSER Education Program has also flourished. One byproduct is that DACHSER has been able to export the dual-track training program to other European countries. The education program offers a practical, logistics apprenticeship in the European branches of the logistics company. The program uses job rotation to impart knowledge about freight forwarding. The contents are based on DACHSER’s own version of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce training. The trainees acquire their skills in realistic conditions thanks to trained instructors and on-the-job guidance. At the moment, 35 up-and-coming DACHSER forwarding and logistics specialists are completing the program in the UK, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

Local collaborations in Belgium

DACHSER Belgium has set up close collaborations with different schools. In Willebroek, the HR Department, for example, cooperates with the Karel De Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp, the Artevelde Hogeschool in Ghent and Thomas More in Mechelen and Geel. In addition, there exists a long-term partnership with OLVI Boom. Every year a student from this school starts an internship at DACHSER. DACHSER is also one of the reviewers when students have to present and defend their GIP (integrated test). The Atheneum of Willebroek also places students for internal trainings at DACHSER. Last year, two students realized their exam at DACHSER and one of them is now working on the Charter Department. In 2017 several students started their internship in Willebroek.

"A few years ago, I got the opportunity to do my internship at DACHSER. The colleagues trained me intensive during that period and I learned ‘the secrets of the logistics world’. Now, three years later, I am employed with a permanent contract and every day I go to work very enthusiastically, says Siham Taouil, employee in the Order Entry Department.

DACHSER is also cooperating with the Government and the VDAB. "Every year we offer internships for people who want to be employed as ‘Administrative Logistics Clerk’ or in ‘International Transportation and Logistics’. People who are retraining also have possibilities to apply at DACHSER. They will be supported intensively in their new job environment," says Nancy Broothaerts, HR Manager in Willebroek.

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