"Good vocational training means career development opportunities for young people and an investment in the future success"
Interview with Melanie Kreis, Board Member for Personnel, on the training opportunities at Deutsche Post DHL Group:
Melanie Kreis, Board Member for Human Resources at Deutsche Post DHL Group
For several consecutive years Deutsche Post DHL Group has increased the number of apprenticeship positions available within the company. Can we expect another increase in the future?
Kreis: Providing vocational training to help young people become qualified specialists in their respective occupational field is a special priority for us. Education and training are as important as ever in today's world, with larger demographic changes pointing to a general shortage of workers in the future, even despite the current inflow of immigrants. Our goal is to remain an attractive employer for young people into the future. Investments in education and training are important so that we're well equipped to meet future challenges.
What vocational training opportunities does Deutsche Post DHL Group currently offer?
Kreis: Young people can pursue vocational training at Deutsche Post DHL Group in a number of different occupational fields ranging from professional driver to social insurance specialist. For several years now, we have also offered our integrated degree program (Duales Studium), which combines classroom learning with on-the-job training. In addition, our internships and traineeships in various fields, such as human resources, marketing or IT, provide university students and graduates with work experience and insight into our company.
As a global player, what does Deutsche Post DHL Group do on the international level in the area of education and training?
Kreis: There are also internship and traineeship opportunities abroad, such as our trainee programs in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the UK. With its "UPstairs" initiative, Deutsche Post DHL Group also engages on behalf of employee children from socially disadvantaged families. Many highly talented and ambitious young people don't have the opportunity to pursue higher education because their families lack the necessary funds, and this is where we can help. Participants in the UPstairs program receive targeted support from us - both financial as well as educational/training support - so that they can achieve the next higher secondary-school certificate or university degree. This program is already providing children and young people in Mexico, Indonesia and South Africa, for example, with access to better education.
The Group is very much engaged in the area of Corporate Responsibility. How exactly does this apply to education and training?
Kreis: As part of our Group-wide program Go Teach, which includes the UPstairs program, we engage as a company both nationally and internationally to promote greater educational equity and opportunity. A number of strong partners support us in this effort. For years now we have collaborated with SOS Children's Villages and the educational initiative Teach For All, which recruits outstanding university graduates and young professionals from all fields to serve as teachers in high-need schools, where they provide students with an added level of support and inspiration. Deutsche Post DHL Group supports the initiative financially and through the Group's own employees, who get involved as mentors or help organize trainings.