Successful apprentice initiative enters its third round • Specially developed program promotes specialist knowledge and social skills
More than 120 apprentices from all over Austria once again participated in the successful one-week “young.stars academy” apprentice initiative event in Frankenfels in Lower Austria, which takes place once every year. Both Helmut Schweighofer, CEO of DB Schenker in Austria and South East Europe and Martin Obermüller, Head of Human Resources at DB Schenker in Austria and South East Europe, welcomed the logistics experts of tomorrow and told them about their own careers during a relaxed and informal presentation.
120 DB Schenker apprentices and their trainers in Frankenfels, Lower Austria
With regard to apprentice training, it is particularly important to the integrated logistics services provider that talented trainees receive a lot of support while developing their skills. “Along with practical training, the strengthening of personal abilities and the expansion of social skills ensure that our young apprentices will become the top experts in their fields in the future”, explains Martin Obermüller.
“Apprentice training is very important to us,” adds Helmut Schweighofer. “I began my career as an apprentice at DB Schenker as well. Therefore, I am very pleased that our ´young.stars academy’ initiative has been so successful over the last few years – for both our apprentices and for our partners and customers.”
Helmut Schweighofer, CEO of DB Schenker in Austria and Southeast Europe and Martin Obermüller, Head of Human Resources of DB Schenker in Austria and Southeast Europe (in the back - on the right side) with the apprentices at the opening of the young.stars academy 2017
The “young.stars academy”´s program, which was jointly developed by DB Schenker and experienced experts, has a modular structure. The program’s first year of training focuses on customer communication and the establishment of intercultural skills. The second year of the program for talented apprentices mainly addresses conflict management, whereby trainees take part in simulations that enable them to work with realistic business processes. The third-year curriculum is designed to teach participants to think and act independently as well as responsibly and assist them in developing their own personal system for gauging success.
In view of the extensive international nature of DB Schenker’s business operations, the program also focuses on the development of foreign language skills among all participants. For this reason, one day´s classes of the “young.stars academy” was held entirely in English for the first time ever.