Hellmann brings German apprenticeship to Russia

The German vocational training system is considered exemplary worldwide. The mix of in-company practice and theoretical schooling gives young people the best possible preparation for their working lives. Hellmann East Europe is now turning the German apprenticeship system into an export hit.

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Together with the German Chamber of Foreign Trade (AHK) and the College of Automobile Transport No. 9 in Moscow, Hellmann will train four forwarding and logistics services clerks in Russia from January 2022, following the German IHK guidelines. This makes Hellmann only the second freight forwarder in Russia to use this standard for the local training of its junior staff.

"Although there are good vocational schools, colleges, and also universities in Russia that impart elementary knowledge from the world of logistics, compared to the German IHK standard, the educational institutions in Russia are less practice-oriented. So we want to use the advantages of the German training system for ourselves and thus enable our young talents an internationally recognized entry into their professional life by means of a subsequent examination according to German guidelines," says Roland Schüller, Member of the Board / Sales + Business Development at Hellmann East Europe.

Hellmann recruits its applicants directly through cooperation with Moscow's College of Automobile Transport: "After we presented our concept there, the demand for apprenticeships was high," confirms Schüller. For the first year of training, four candidates have initially been selected to train as forwarding and logistics services clerks (m/f/d) from January 2022.

In the future, Hellmann wants to inspire even more young people to pursue a career in logistics and at Hellmann by giving guest lectures at the vocational school. The curriculum will then include practical showcases or best practices from Hellmann's day-to-day logistics operations. Hellmann also plans to offer more internships for young people in Russia in the future to advertise the exciting world of logistics.

(Picture: Timo Knoll, AHK Managing Director / Roland Schüller, Member of the Board / Sales + Business Development at Hellmann East Europe)

Katja Siefke

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