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Apprenticeship Logistics Specialist

Two trainees offer a glimpse behind the scenes of their training in Leipzig

As an international logistics company, DB Schenker offers numerous opportunities for their employees to productively participate in shaping the company. For Nell Urbanski and David Schultheiß this was the case straight from the beginning of their training. They are in the first and third year of their training at DB Schenker‘s Warehouse in Leipzig. Here they run through different areas and positions relevant for their training as logistic specialists.

There are so many different attractive and complex work areas, I’d never guessed.

                                                                                               Nell Urbanski - Employee at DB Schenker

Shaping their career start together

When Nell visited a vocational training fair in Leipzig in 2017, she collected information on training opportunities at DB Schenker. A two-day internship in the warehouses and at the logistics centre offered a convincing insight and not long after, Nell started her training. “Before I started my training, I had no idea what the work would be like for me. I could only think of a large warehouse, heavy male labour. But there are so many different attractive and complex work areas and departments in Leipzig, I’d never guessed.”

For David it was very important that the training company of his choice promotes advanced training and employee development. “I definitely associated this with the industry’s big player name DB Schenker and absolutely found it”, he says. From work safety and hazardous goods training to forklift-permit or time-stress-management - taking part in further education programmes is an integral part in Nell’s and David’s training.

Part of the training’s regular schedule are the courses at vocational college. Apart from theoretical basics the students learn a lot of practical things and there is even an extra warehouse where contents relevant to exams or tests are taught. David’s training supervisor makes every effort to ensure that the learning content of the vocational school overlaps best possible with the different practical stations.

On a monthly basis the trainees get together to do some practice rounds on the fork-lift or repeat and consolidate content from vocational college. The direct exchange is very important to DB Schenker. With their trainers, David and Nell can exchange views over the past few weeks and shape their work together. As a direct contact, every trainee, such as Nell, always has a godfather from the older courses at their side.

It's a lot about talking to people and how to sort things out in the team. You have so many options - the work is complex and varied with a mix of activities both in the warehouse and in the office.

                                                         David Schultheiß - Employee at DB Schenker

Lots of movement in a workday

David likes to be in the warehouse and talks directly to his colleagues. As a trainee in the third year of training, he has already completed all departments and areas of warehouse logistics. Incoming goods, sample packaging, initial entry, stock control, goods issue. In the 'Intern Transport' section, David tells, the day starts at 8:00 with a meeting in the department. Here, he and his training officer also discuss what is due for the day, and, for example, he takes over the control of the trucks, which he assigns to the current transport orders.

In 'Incoming Goods', Nell takes over the morning shift from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm. This begins with a team meeting and information about the expected trucks and the load of the day. Movement is program. Nell receives the truck drivers heading for the hall and takes the documents for review. She checks the goods in the truck for integrity and organizes a forklift driver for unloading. The specified containers are checked for completeness and booked by the administrator so that the forklift drivers can store the cargo. Receiving Administrator is Nell's preferred position for those she has met so far. David likes the control of the residues, the so-called "Keering", the best. This systemic lock is effective when, for example, a load has the wrong weight and needs to be tested.

"I couldn’t dream of a better training"

Working in such a big business, it's important to David to pull together and work together. This team spirit, familiar to him from sports, David takes home from his workday at DB Schenker. Once a year there is a European football tournament by DB Schenker, which, in David’s view, especially shows the family structure of the company.

Also Nell appreciates this as a special feature in such a large company. She knows that she has many opportunities at DB Schenker and that she receives a lot of trust. To be part of a team in which she feels well integrated and supported is very important to her. "You can rely on one another in a team and always find contact persons for problems." She made the experience that feedback is desired and also directly requested, especially in terms of process optimization.

In all the departments that David has gone through so far, he was met with great openness for suggestions for improvement and contributing his own perspective. "I couldn’t dream of a better training. I enjoy to going work with positive thoughts."

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