Thursday, September 13, 2018

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Firm Leads the Way with Apprenticeships

Eighty Years of Introducing Young Talent to the World of Shipping
Shipping News Feature
EUROPE – Logistics companies throughout the continent are always on the lookout for new, young talent and now, thanks to its in house apprenticeship scheme, 68 young men and women recently began their professional careers at freight transport group Gebrüder Weiss in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

The company has a very long history in this field and has been training its own apprentices for about 80 years, with further ‘on-the-job’ training always a high priority. Through internal and external training seminars, language courses, team-building activities and field trips, the apprentices acquire many different skills, both at a professional and personal level. Thanks to a rotation system, they gain an insight into different departments even during their apprenticeship, enabling them to build up broadly based knowledge and explore where their own main areas of interest lie.

The company’s internal online learning platform ‘myOrangeCollege’ also offers opportunities to learn more at any time, wherever they are, and on 19 October the Austrian headquartered group holds its ‘Gebrüder Weiss INFOday for Apprentices’ to enable youngsters to take a look behind the scenes at the international logistics company. Monika Mandl, Head of Corporate Human Resources Development, comments:

“The INFOday is an excellent opportunity for school students and young people to find out at first-hand what kinds of professional working fields there are at Gebrüder Weiss. Of course, their parents are very welcome, too. Traditionally, apprenticeships have always been very important to us. We focus on providing thorough and varied training which we find is the best way of bringing out the potential of our apprentices.”

The international transport and logistics company currently offers six different career paths: freight forwarding agent, freight forwarding logistics manager, operations logistics manager, IT engineer, office manager and professional truck driver. GW currently employs 233 apprentices at 30 locations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland and parties interested in learning more can use this link.