The record shortage of skilled workers in Germany is challenging training companies like a. hartrodt. "For the first time, we still have so many places available at such a late stage," says Martin Argendorf who is responsible for training at a. hartrodt in Hamburg. There are still vacancies at various locations for the new training year, which starts on August 1/September 1. According to Argendorf, video application processes are well established, "because we get into the conversation quickly and without complications." Direct communication is possible at training fairs at the a. hartrodt booth, for instance.
Changed value system among young people
Argendorf, who has been mentoring the forwarding company's trainees for twelve years, observes a change in the value system: "Today, it is important for young people to start a family early. In their careers, they are looking for a meaningful work and self-fulfillment." a. hartrodt offers many opportunities for individual development and wide ranging promotion prospects. Like all employees, apprentices have flexitime and in emergencies they can also work mobile from time to time.
Individual support and reliable training plan
At a. hartrodt, junior staff get to know everything – air freight, sea freight, project business. "They are given responsible tasks very early," emphasizes Claudia Brix, General Manager Human Resources at a. hartrodt in Hamburg. Individual support and a reliable training plan make the freight forwarding company attractive to young people in Argendorf's view. Additional benefits: "We are very open-minded interculturally. Everyone is allowed and expected to be authentic with us." Internships abroad and joint, self-organized activities are popular, he says. "After a two-year break due to Covid, there will be an apprentices' trip again in the fall," says Argendorf.
After the apprenticeship, which ambitious high-school graduates can also complete as a dual study program with a bachelor's degree, a. hartrodt offers an attractive career start. According to Argendorf, positions abroad in customer service are particularly in demand. Also in Germany, "a good mixture of routine jobs and exciting projects" is part of everyday work.