The best recipe to combat the shortage of skilled workers is to do the training yourself. EASY knows this and is setting a good example – as is seen in the case of Julian Klar. The 23-year-old has recently been transferred to a permanent position after successfully completing his training.
After cancelling his first training as a social worker, Klar was looking for a job again in February 2012. Coming from Mülheim, he applied for an apprenticeship as office administrator in EASY’s order centre, impressed the company and eventually became convinced: “In my previous training site, there was a large discrepancy between expectations created and practice,” Klar says. “Here it was different. The atmosphere in the department was very pleasant. I got to know all my colleagues, and everyone took time for me. I always knew what my duties were, and I was even allowed to work on my own initiative during the training; for example, I was allowed to service some of the hardware on my own.”
Trainees are the professionals of tomorrow
Klar is convinced that the training at EASY enabled him to discover his strengths and develop further. “This is neither a coincidence nor an individual case,” says Christoph Köhne, who directs the EASY order centre and was Klars’ supervisor during training. “Apprentices are our specialists of tomorrow. In the order centre – as is typical at EASY – we place emphasis on practical experience. And we focus on operating results. Thus, we prepare young people as well as possible for future responsibilities.” It is no wonder that three former trainees are working in Köhnes’ team. One of them is Julian Klar.
For companies like EASY, education is more than a question of social responsibility. “In times of fighting for talent, many companies compete for young and promising workers,” says Clarissa Dubiel, Head of Human Resources. “We want to win committed people so that we can give you the necessary know-how and offer long-term perspective. That is why we are constantly working to be an attractive and modern employer and trainer, and to continually improve in this important area. Presumably, this is a reason that a high proportion of trainees are opting for a further career with us.”