DACHSER focuses on training
Professional qualifications are also becoming more important
At the start of the new training year, 740 apprentices and students in Germany chose to start training at DACHSER. In addition to trainees in commercial areas, DACHSER also recruited many junior logistics operatives.
The family-owned company has always placed great value on training its staff. At the start of the new training year, more than 740 future logistics specialists started working at DACHSER’s German branches. They’ll be training either in commercial or in operational areas of the business and 38 of them are completing a dual work-study program with DACHSER. Currently, DACHSER has a total of more than 1,860 trainees and students across Germany. The company aims to employ the junior logistics specialists on a permanent basis once they have completed their training. It’s not uncommon for people to work at the company for a long time: in Germany, for example, out of around 16,300 employees, over 10 percent have been at the company for more than 20 years.
To provide excellent logistics, you need excellent employees—and at all levels. A company’s success is always determined by people as they’re the ones who deliver the quality.Bernhard Simon, CEO DACHSER
Focus on logistics operatives
Logistics operatives create at least half of DACHSER’s value, which is why the family-owned company places a strong focus on this occupational group. “The logistics industry is struggling more and more to attract enough qualified workers,” says Simon. “It’s our duty to inspire people to work in this exciting industry, but also to retain them.” DACHSER carried out an extensive project to develop a concept specifically aimed at logistics operatives. “First we held in-depth discussions with our colleagues in operational areas and asked them about their needs and expectations of us as an employer,” says Vera Weidemann, Head of Corporate Human Resources at DACHSER. “The outcome is helping us to ensure that we attract the right employees, motivate them to stay with the company, and give them the appreciation they deserve.”
Weidemann is therefore delighted that 335 apprentices have currently opted to pursue a career in operational roles at DACHSER in Germany. They will train to work in warehouse logistics operatives, professional truck drivers, or warehouse clerks.
DACHSER is also working hard to attract new truck drivers. Although DACHSER employs only a very small number of its own drivers, its subsidiary DACHSER Service und Ausbildungs GmbH trains and develops truck drivers in collaboration with independent subcontractors, and supports them on their journey to becoming self-employed. As a new training year starts, 112 prospective drivers are starting out across Germany, where DACHSER is training 251 professional drivers in total.