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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Start up!: our trainee program for young innovators

Our Start up! trainee program helps young people start their career at Deutsche Telekom in Germany with a good skill set under their belt. The trainee program above all targets technology and IT graduates who have an entrepreneurial spirit and are open to new challenges. Since we also explicitly want to reach talent outside of Germany, we adapted our language requirements to those applicants in 2017. In the reporting period we accepted 32 university graduates into our trainee program, roughly 50 percent of whom were women. We want to increase the number of new trainees in the future.

During a period lasting 15 to 18 months, trainees familiarize themselves with different areas of the company in Germany and abroad. They take on challenging project assignments in various business areas. Experienced mentors assist the trainees. The program is supplemented by innovative training formats and events. Our Start up! trainees also pursue their own initiatives and support social projects within the context of our Social Days.