duisport – A safe port for talent
Talented workers are “the smartest investment in our future,” as the Initiativkreis Ruhr (Ruhr Initiative Committee) puts it. Duisburger Hafen AG is following this motto even before the start of the new training year, living up to its reputation as the “job engine” of the region. Still, demand for business careers is once again higher than average – so it’s more than one company can handle by itself. Around 900 applicants expressed interest in the five apprentice spots for industrial managers that the port company had advertised, along with two spots for future shipping managers. And another 200 people competed for the eight apprenticeships in the commercial area.
Overall, duisport takes on about 30 young people as apprentices every year, plus the current 26 interns and two trainees – in addition, one university student is closely connected with the port authority through the “Germany stipend” offered by duisport.
Six professions are available for apprenticeships. These are: industrial manager, manager for shipping and logistics services, warehouse logistics expert, industrial manager, office manager, and real estate manager. The requirements are growing – packaging logistics experts, for instance, will always find new challenges at the duisport packing logistics subsidiary. After all, the goal is to safely package complicated technologies for entire manufacturing plants so they can be transported around the world.
Industrial managers and managers for shipping and logistics services also have the opportunity at duisport to undertake a dual course of studies in addition to their apprenticeship. The following degrees are offered: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (FOM) and Bachelor of Science in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (Hochschule Neuss für Internationale Wirtschaft).
At the same time, the duisport Group is working at other levels to promote forward-looking offerings in the educational landscape of the Ruhr region. It’s an ambitious goal: the Ruhr metropolis is to be established as a hot spot for talent.
“As members of the ‘TalentMetropole Ruhr’ project led by the Initiativkreis Ruhr, we want to help promote innovative educational offerings. That is in every company’s own interest, because in the coming years we will be needing more and more highly qualified workers, including executives. So we can’t afford to leave any talent behind,” says Erich Staake, CEO of Duisburger Hafen AG.
The company is participating in the “TalentMetropole Ruhr” educational initiative, alongside BP Europa SE, Evonik Industries AG, the RAG Foundation and Westfälische Hochschule.
“TalentMetropole Ruhr” brings together all of the existing educational projects of the Initiativkreis and adds its own emphasis. For instance, “TalentMonitor Ruhr” is currently in development – a web platform that will combine all of the many educational offerings and training programs in the Ruhr region and present them in a visible, usable way for the first time. During summer vacation, the second annual “TalentAkademie Ruhr” will also be offered for talented schoolchildren from every type of school: 30 motivated ninth-graders can spend ten days at Westfälische Hochschule doing research, performing experiments and discovering their strengths.
The “Get Ready” project provides special support for Hauptschule (general secondary-school) students and introduces them to the professional world – one of the participants is now an apprentice with the duisport Group.
In addition, DIALOGistik – located at the free port of Duisburg – has been in place since 2012, making important contributions to knowledge transfer, certification and increased efficiency at the companies working in and with the port to further develop logistical services. The new central contact point raises awareness about careers at the port and in logistics, and it offers a “Karrieretag Arbeitswelt Logistik” (World of Logistics Career Day) at the port in cooperation with various companies. New certification measures are also being offered. Just under 30 commercial and industrial employees have now completed apprenticeships as “Multimodal Logisticians.” Together with the companies at the port and in the region, a “Logistics Talent Pool” is being developed online. In addition, three central research projects from the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr are being networked as an interface between companies and researchers. The focus is on scientific education in the logistics sector in order to produce organizational innovations for responsible supply chains, and on integrated, responsible management methods for logistics. Objectives include developing a new “Meisterabschluss” (Master certification) for inland sailors that will qualify them for a higher-education degree.
Duisburg’s port authority is thus becoming a more and more powerful driver in the TalentMetropole Ruhr region. In its role as a “job engine,” the Duisburg port passed its initial tests with flying colors long ago. Employment at and around the port has doubled in the past 15 years, to more than 40,000 jobs. In the process, Duisburger Hafen AG itself, as the heart of this development, has maintained the dimensions and mobility of a medium-sized company. It now employs a total of about 900 workers.
You can find further information at www.talentmetropoleruhr.de