03/03/2017, 11:15 AM CET

Deutsche Post DHL Group and Bundeswehr collaborate on integrating soldiers into labor market

Deutsche Post DHL Group and the Federal Ministry of Defence signed a corresponding agreement today in Berlin.

Left to right: Thomas Schneider, CHRO HR Post - eCommerce - Parcel and EVP Corporate HR Germany and Gerd Hoofe, Undersecretary of Federal Ministry of Defense.

Bonn - Deutsche Post DHL Group and the Bundeswehr (German armed forces) are now cooperating on the sustainable integration of soldiers into the civilian labor market after they leave military service. Deutsche Post DHL Group and the Federal Ministry of Defence signed a corresponding agreement today in Berlin. While the collaboration opens up long-term prospects for soldiers to engage in diverse work activities at the world's leading postal and logistics services group, the company gains early access to a large pool of qualified and motivated applicants. Appropriate opportunities will be created to participate in the career-and-education trade fairs of the Bundeswehr's vocational training service, and in Deutsche Post DHL Group's career-guidance traineeships.

"Particularly in view of the fast-growing parcel market, we are always on the lookout for reliable, motivated and well-qualified staff. For this reason, I am delighted that we can now expand our successful and longstanding field-post partnership with the Bundeswehr to the advantage of both sides," says Jürgen Gerdes, Management Board Member for Post - eCommerce - Parcel at Deutsche Post DHL Group.
Along with intensive interaction and unbureaucratic lines of communication, the focus of the collaboration will be on information events and job-placement offerings for soldiers, Gerdes says.

Between 10,000 and 15,000 soldiers leave the Bundeswehr each year with various educational, professional and personal qualifications after completing military service. They then continue along their career paths with civilian employers.

Deutsche Post DHL Group employs about 200,000 people in Germany alone. In 2015, the company announced that it would create up to 10,000 new jobs in the parcel-delivery sector by 2020.