2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

Securing new talent

With more than 11,300 young professionals (vocational trainees, dual degree college students and “Chance plus” participants), DB Group is one of the largest vocational trainers in Germany. Along with teaching specialized technical knowledge and practical skills, central components of vocational training at DB Group are the acquisition of service-based, social and methodological competences. Over 94% of trainees receive a job offer at the conclusion of their vocational training.

Young professionals as of Dec 31 (NP)

2017

2016

2015

Vocational trainees 1)

9,540

9,530

9,918

Dual degree students 1)

900

941

1,012

Graduate trainees 2)

109

114

103

Interns 2)

537

503

508

“Chance plus” participants

250

250

290

DB Group

11,336

11,338

11,831

1) Germany; includes all class years of vocational training (usually three class years for both vocational trainees and dual degree students).
2) Germany (companies with about 98% of domestic employees).

In the year under review, about 3,400 young people started vocational training and about 300 began a dual degree program. We offer about 250 spots at 11 locations throughout Germany in our vocational preparation program “Chance plus,” including 75 spots reserved specifically for refugees. The approach is the same: with the help of in-house trainers and social education workers, we provide technical and academic preparation for vocational training for young people within DB Group. For refugees, we have expanded the program by adding at least 300 course units of German language lessons. Sixty-one refugees participated and twenty-six of them were able to start their vocational training at DB Group on September 1, 2017. #RECRUITING

A total of 75% of the participants who were not refugees and who successfully completed the program in 2016/2017 started their vocational training or a job at DB Group or at another company immediately after completion.

During the year under review, a skills assessment called “DB Check-up for Refugees” based on the German social security code was carried out seven times with a total of about 100 participants to prepare refugees for a vocational qualification within DB Group. After completing the program, 50% of the participants either started training or a job at DB Group.

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