Gebrüder Weiss has positive figures to report despite the subdued mood on the apprentice employment market: 90 young people started their training this year at the international logistics group in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, meaning that the company has now taken on more apprentices than in the previous year (2020: 71). And that despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has made recruiting new people more difficult. Gebrüder Weiss has been relying ever more on digital solutions and channels than conventional face-to-face events (such as training events) to get young applicants interested in the logistics industry and to engage them in a dialog.
The logistics company also scores well with its good reputation: as a training company and a reliable employer. “Job security is a very important factor for young applicants when deciding where they want to work. Gebrüder Weiss stands for sustainable economic success and has done so for generations. The current situation with the coronavirus has given the company the opportunity to prove once again its ability to withstand crises and to continue on its course of growth,” says Monika Mandl, Head of Human Resources Development at Gebrüder Weiss. Gebrüder Weiss is currently training a total of 254 apprentices at 33 locations throughout Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
The successful dual training model – now in Hungary as well
The logistics company is committed to supporting the development of new experts in other national companies as well: in Serbia – where Gebrüder Weiss has been offering dual training on the basis of the model followed by German-speaking locations for years – there are currently twelve apprentices. This successful model will be adopted in Hungary from this year onwards in cooperation with the local schools, where five students are due to start their training to become freight forwarding logistics managers.