DB Schenker launches German-style training in the US


Freight forwarder DB Schenker is launching a training program in the US for logistics professionals, modelled on the dual training system in its home country, Germany. From the end of August, 16 students will work toward a degree in Freight Forwarding at eight different stations at the company’s Chicago site.
At the end of their training, the junior employees receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Supply Chain Management as well as a Freight Forwarder Apprenticeship Certification from the Department of Labor.
They will complete the theoretical part of their training two days a week at Harper College, just outside of Chicago. The training lasts for two years, and includes a full-time salary and is combined with a benefits package including health insurance and paid vacation for the trainees. DB Schenker also pays the college fees.
DB Schenker board chairman Jochen Thewes said: “I am proud that we at DB Schenker have set up a logistics apprenticeship program for young people in the USA modelled on the successful dual training program in Germany. This shows how excellently the cooperation between our teams across the globe works at DB Schenker. The US is an important growth market for us, and this training program can help us attract the best employees to DB Schenker.”
President of Harper College, Dr. Avis Proctor, added: “We are delighted to be working with DB Schenker to launch this promising training program for the next generation of logistics professionals. Students will learn while they earn, combining the knowledge they acquire in the classroom with the advanced practical experience they’ll gain at DB Schenker, one of the world’s leading logistics service providers. This apprenticeship program is an excellent pathway to a rewarding career in the logistics industry.”


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