Our Start up! trainee program above all targets technology and IT graduates who have an entrepreneurial spirit and are open to new challenges. Since we also increasingly want to reach talented candidates outside of Germany, the application process has been held in English since 2017. As a result, we have been able to increase the share of international participants: Nine percent of trainees were not native German speakers in 2018. In the reporting period, a total of 44 university graduates embarked on the trainee program, 59 percent of whom were women. We want to significantly increase the number of new trainees in the future.
During a period lasting around 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 managers 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. In 2018, for example, the trainees organized a campaign for the “Weihnachtspäckchenkonvoi” (Christmas Parcel Convoy) initiative, in which they collected more than 200 gift parcels.