DB Schenker is launching a training program in the USA for the next generation of logistics professionals, modelled on the internationally respected German dual training system. Starting at the end of August, sixteen students will be working toward a degree of Freight Forwarding Coordinator at eight different stations within the company’s Chicago site. At the same time, they will complete the theoretical part of their training two days a week at Harper College, just outside of Chicago. The training lasts a total of two years, includes an attractive full-time salary and is combined with a benefits package including health insurance and paid vacation for the trainees. DB Schenker also pays the fees for the college.
Jochen Thewes, Chairman of the Management Board of DB Schenker: “I am proud that we at DB Schenker have set up a logistics apprenticeship program for young people in the USA modelled on the successful dual training program in Germany. This shows how excellently the cooperation between our teams across the globe works at DB Schenker. The U.S. is an important growth market for us, and this training program can help us attract the best employees to DB Schenker.”
Dr. Avis Proctor, President of Harper College: “We are delighted to be working with DB Schenker to launch this promising training program for the next generation of logistics professionals. Students will learn while they earn, combining the knowledge they acquire in the classroom with the advanced practical experience they’ll gain at DB Schenker, one of the world’s leading logistics service providers. This apprenticeship program is an excellent pathway to a rewarding career in the logistics industry.”
The program was designed with the support of DB Schenker's training experts. At the end of their training, the junior employees receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Supply Chain Management as well as a Freight Forwarder Apprenticeship Certification from the Department of Labor. The goal of the training is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the freight forwarding industry. DB Schenker offers young talents a variety of entry-level options in logistics in different countries. In addition to dual training and dual studies, combining practical and academic education, these include trainee programs and positions as working students.