German housing giant Vonovia has unveiled the intake for its new training year, with the admission of 260 apprentices and dual degree students to the firm.
Starting in August and September, 180 apprentices will start their training in skilled trades, while 80 new trainees and dual degree students will be admitted to work in the area of commercial operations.
Said CEO Rolf Buch: 'At Vonovia, we offer good long-term prospects to our aspiring specialists.'
According to Vonovia, the residential real estate company has an above-average proportion of trainees among its workforce compared to other DAX companies. Including the new hires, Vonovia will be training nearly 690 young employees.
'A well-trained workforce is a key factor in our success, both now and in the future,' added Buch. 'I am delighted that we have been able to recruit so many young colleagues. We offer our aspiring specialists a high rate of retention after their training period and good long-term prospects.”
The apprentices in skilled manual jobs will be working across seven vocational trades at over 20 sites, including equipment engineering, tiling, electronics, interior decorating and gardening.
Meanwhile, other trainees and dual degree students will gain knowledge in areas such as real estate management, business administration and office management. Training is also offered in combination with a bachelor’s degree, as a sandwich course involving both academic and vocational training, such as in economics or computer science.
'We need motivated young talents, as Vonovia’s success would be unthinkable in the future without the people who work for us,' said Henrik Teipel, head of HR. 'This training year, we have recruited more trainees than ever before.'
Successful trainees 'have a good chance of being taken on as regular employees' according to Vonovia.
The firm's sites with training opportunities in Germany include Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Frankfurt am Main, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hanover, Heidenheim, Kassel, Kiel, Lübeck, Mannheim, Munich and Stuttgart.
Vonovia currently has a workforce of around 16,000 people and provides home to over a million residents.