Thursday, September 15, 2016

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Professionals of the Future Train Together

From IT to Truck Driving - Instruction is Essential for All Aspirants
Shipping News Feature
AUSTRIA – EUROPE – At the beginning of this month 60 young people began their careers at Gebrüder Weiss in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Their chosen careers included freight forwarding agent, operational logistics specialist, IT specialist and truck driver. Some 200 instructors specialising in youth training are in action at Gebrüder Weiss, coaching the trainees during their three and four year training periods.

Training is taken very seriously by the company and an indication that a traineeship at Gebrüder Weiss means more than ‘just’ training is demonstrated by the internal Trainee Camp that is held every year, also at the beginning of September. Only trainees in their third or final year of training can take part in this event. In addition to extensive specialised practical training, personal development is also a main focus of the traineeships. Ensuring that the young people are fully integrated into the company enhances their career prospects.

With the motto 'Gebrüder Weiss trainee today – Gebrüder Weiss employee tomorrow', 65 trainees from Austria, Germany and Switzerland this year spent a week together in the Pongau region of Salzburg. The programme included joint workshops, specialised input and outdoor team-building activities plus an important fixed part of the course, the ‘Management Dialogue’ session, as Helmut Schöpf, Head of Central Human Resources Development at Gebrüder Weiss explains:

"The Gebrüder Weiss trainee camp is a real highlight of their traineeship. The week spent together not only creates bonds but also heightens the trainees' awareness of their own potential, their career ambitions and other opportunities. Representatives from our management team talk about their work and answer the young people's questions. This is very important to us, listening, mentoring and achieving things together.

"Training is extremely important for us at Gebrüder Weiss. Well-trained employees who are committed to their work and feel at ease in the company form one of the keys to our business success. We know this and consistently gear our training activities towards achieving this goal."

Photo: Highlight of the apprenticeship: 65 trainees spent a week together in the Pongau region of Salzburg at the Gebrüder Weiss Trainee camp.