This year, 185 trainees from 14 nations are starting their careers at Hellmann. This not only shows an increase of 15 percent compared to the previous year, but it’s also the year with the highest number of apprentices in the company’s 147-year history. Especially in times where shortage of skilled workers is increasing, this is a gratifying development for the Osnabrück-based family business as well as for the logistics industry as a whole. The apprentices are spread over 26 branches in Germany and a total of nine types of training jobs are offered. In order to bind young colleagues to the company in the long term, Hellmann offers all trainees employment after successful completion of their apprenticeship. With a takeover rate of around 90 percent, Hellmann is one of the industry leaders.
Integration is an essential pillar of Hellmann’s personnel policy. Among the trainees are 26 young colleagues with foreign roots. In order to minimize possible language barriers and boost equal opportunities, Hellmann, together with the Office for “Easy Language and Accessibility” from Osnabrück, is one of the first logistics companies to translate significant employment law documents on topics such as occupational safety and data protection into “easy language”. These have been posted in central locations throughout offices in Germany and are attached to every new employment contract. The focus is on people with a migration background as well as those for whom reading and understanding complex texts is challenging. With this initiative, the company is also taking targeted action against the shortage of skilled workers and facilitating a smooth entry into an employment relationship at Hellmann for an extended target group.
“For us, the training of junior staff is an important investment in the next generation thus in the future success of the company. We are pleased to welcome so many young colleagues from over a dozen nations this year, whose multicultural background also reflects the internationality of our company,” says Claudio Gerring, Head of Human Resources Germany.
Anja Staschinski, head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Hellmann, further states, “With the pioneer project ‘Easy Language’, we are increasing equal opportunities and opening our doors to different groups of employees. Ultimately, such initiatives bring our corporate DNA, in which the topics of “integration” and “diversity” are firmly anchored, to life.