Tuesday, September 24, 2019

International Freight Forwarding Group Pushes On with Logistics Training

Shortage of Staff Problem Answered in House
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – Whilst the whole of the logistics sector frets over the shortage of staff coming into the 'invisible industry' one German based freight forwarder is taking care of business by schooling their own staff in house.

At the start of the new training year, 740 apprentices and students in Germany chose to start training at Dachser in an ongoing programme which now sees a total of more than 1,860 trainees and students working at the company across Germany. The family-owned company says it has always placed great value on training its staff and the new intake will be training either in commercial or in operational areas of the business and 34 of them are completing a dual work-study programme. Dachser CEO Bernhard Simon said:

”To provide excellent logistics, you need excellent employees, and at all levels. A company’s success is always determined by people as they’re the ones who deliver the quality. The logistics industry is struggling more and more to attract enough qualified workers. It’s our duty to inspire people to work in this exciting industry, but also to retain them.”

Road haulage is particularly affected with a lack of qualified staff and Dachser says it is also working hard to attract new truck drivers. Although Dachser employs only a very small number of its own drivers, its subsidiary Dachser Service und Ausbildungs GmbH trains and develops truck drivers in collaboration with independent subcontractors, and supports them on their journey to becoming self-employed. As a new training year starts, 112 prospective drivers are starting out across Germany, where Dachser is training 251 professional drivers in total.

The breadth of the Dachser operation means that new recruits can be allocated in a range of different roles across the group with the head office in Kempten being one of the region’s largest IT employers. Starting in 2020, Dachser IT will expand its range of training opportunities to include training for IT specialists in application development, IT specialists in systems integration and IT management assistants. More than 1,360 employees currently work at Dachser Head Office in Kempten with over 730 employees worldwide responsible for ensuring high-performance IT.

Decisions on the intake of trainees is a subject of intense discussion and the result of an extensive project to develop a concept specifically aimed at logistics operatives. Vera Weidemann, Head of Corporate Human Resources at Dachser, explains:

”First we held in-depth discussions with our colleagues in operational areas and asked them about their needs and expectations of us as an employer. The outcome is helping us to ensure that we attract the right employees, motivate them to stay with the company, and give them the appreciation they deserve.”

With some 30,600 employees at 399 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2018. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 83.7 million shipments weighing 41.3 million tonnes. Country organisations represent Dachser in 44 countries.