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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Promoting the diversity of our young talent

We stand for open-mindedness and are committed to diversity also among our young talents. To this end, we pay attention to the most varied of performance levels and needs:

Our contribution to the SDGs

  • Depending on how long their families have been in Germany and where they come from, young people with migrant backgrounds often encounter particular problems on the job and vocational training market. We see encouraging them as an opportunity and are careful to guarantee a non-discriminatory selection process. As of December 31, 2017, 10.3 percent of our apprentices and students in cooperative degree programs in Germany have a nationality other than German, representing a total of 68 other countries.
  • In 2009 we launched the "My chance to get going" entry-level training scheme in collaboration with the German Federal Employment Agency. The project prepares disadvantaged young people with very little chances on the vocational training market for an apprenticeship at Deutsche Telekom. Results so far have been good. A total of 460 out of 664 interns from 2009 through 2016 started a vocational training program with us; 110 were accepted into the first year of the program and 350 directly into the second year. Another approx. 20 interns started the program in 2017.
  • Since 2011 we have been collaborating with the German Federal Employment Agency to offer single parents the opportunity to complete a training program or cooperative degree program part-time. 22 young people began their part-time training with this program in 2017.
  • To encourage diversity in the program, we also work to increase the number of women participating in technical cooperative study programs. While in 2010 the share of women was only 11 percent in Germany, it has meanwhile risen to 17.6 percent.
  • Around 1.2 percent of our apprentices in Germany are young people with disabilities. This is above-average in view of the total number of disabled people in Germany.

We offer in our refugee initiative in Germany up to 100 training positions, entry-level training schemes and cooperative Bachelor's and Master's programs. In our recruiting efforts, we rely on our long-term successful cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency, social media communication and dedicated volunteers. We want to optimally support the refugees to help them integrate into regular educational structures. They receive support from their trainers or coaches and also have the opportunity to attend additional, job-related language courses. The training staff receive assistance from an external service provider to make sure that the needs of this target group are met. The refugees also have access to counseling and supportive services as needed.