Interview with Marius – Logistics Trainee
What was your application process like?
In 2019, I graduated from the Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education and Training. Unfortunately, my English wasn't good enough for the follow-up opportunities I had planned. Fortunately, I then found the job advertisement from Storch-Ciret on the jobs board of the employment agency. In addition to other job descriptions, training as a warehouse logistics specialist was offered. The field of work appealed to me directly, which is why I applied for it. Storch-Ciret also offers its employees opportunities to gain further professional qualifications. I sent my application by e-mail and shortly afterwards got an invitation to a personal interview and it all went very quickly after that: a short time later, I had a signed contract in my hands.
Why did you decide on this training course?
Originally, I wanted to become a freight forwarder, so training as a warehouse logistics specialist is a perfect compromise for me. The training is varied and, in addition to the practical work, the commercial part is not neglected. Besides order picking, I also need to be familiar with accounting, Word and Excel.
What is your typical working day like?
My training is divided into practical and theoretical areas. Here at the company, I grab my MDE device in the morning and do the picking. This device not only shows the article number, it also indicates which locations I need to go to, how many pieces are needed and where the parts are placed. But order picking isn’t everything. In my training, I also learn about shipping and where pallets and packages are packed. Then there’s goods receipt and container unloading too.
I drive to the vocational college in Eisenach in the morning. Compared with the other fellow students, I have the advantage of being able to complete the vocational school as block lessons. This means that the college takes place in one go. This makes it much easier to concentrate on my studies rather than switching between company and vocational school over a week.
What’s the great thing about your training?
Storch-Ciret attaches great importance to good training. While the others are not allowed to take every course, Storch-Ciret registers us for every useful course. Among other things, I obtained my forklift certificate and was also assisted with the exam preparation at the vocational school. Because the commercial sector plays a major role for the warehouse logistics specialist in the third year of the apprenticeship, you still learn a lot about accounting and route planning during this time – so working in logistics is more varied than you might think.
In other words, after three years of training I’ve a lot of doors open to me thanks to the mixture of logistics and commercial knowledge.
Unlike other companies, Storch-Ciret enrols its apprentices in lots of different training courses and also supports us in preparing for exams. The mixture of logistics and commercial knowledge opens up lots of opportunities for me.
What challenges come with your job?
Like all logistics, picking is geared above all towards speed in the customer’s interest. I collect points through a personally assigned barcode on my MDA device. This means I can get an additional bonus for performing well in my job – I think that’s great!
But the trainees at Storch-Ciret are not rated according to speed – the company places particular importance on high-quality training.
What makes your team different?
We cannot spend the breaks together during the coronavirus pandemic – but we’re still a good community now. The atmosphere here is great, and my training supervisor is also close to us trainees. Whenever I have questions, I get support from my colleagues, even via WhatsApp.
There's also a friendly environment here where a lot has really been thought of. For example, there is a fitness room with equipment, such as a rowing machine. Colleagues can also lease an e-bike cheaply.
Why does your employer suit you?
I like the fact that Storch-Ciret is a future-proofed company. The world can't do without logistics, and that gives me a great deal of security.
At the moment, I don't know exactly what I’m doing after my apprenticeship, but there is an opportunity to start a dual study programme at Storch-Ciret. It's paid with the commitment and security of remaining with the company for another three years after graduation. Because I want to continue my training after my apprenticeship, this is a really good opportunity.