The international freight forwarding company UnitCargo trains up young apprentices to become forwarding agents, just as we do here at Rail Cargo Group (RCG). Since March 2019, there has been an apprentice exchange programme between RCG and UnitCargo, a successful logistics firm that focuses on international truck transport. The aim of the scheme is to give the apprentices on each side a practical insight into the other transport carrier. This training partnership is a decisive factor in successfully presenting ourselves to our younger target group as one of the industry’s top training companies, both now and in the future.
Sparking curiosity and offering opportunities
At RCG, we see our apprenticeship training programme as an integral part of our broader efforts to nurture young talent. The training structure doesn’t just give apprentices the technical skills they need; we also encourage further professional development, awaken their curiosity about the broader subject area and offer insights into exciting aspects of this professional field. Our best practices on this front include our RCG Europe Weeks (stays abroad for apprentices, note) and sustainability-related initiatives, such as the “energy driving licence”, which our apprentices have been able to obtain for about five years. We bring young people into contact with issues such as sustainability, energy conservation and climate neutrality at an early stage. This gives them extra motivation and helps them to make impressive progress in these areas in their later professional careers. The training partnership with UnitCargo adds yet another facet to this integrative approach.
Job rotation in the RCG & UnitCargo training partnership
As part of the current job rotation, RCG apprentice Moritz Kalchbrenner is employed at UnitCargo in the international logistics division, while UnitCargo apprentice Laura Sertic has already completed a three-month practical placement at RCG, during which she gained insights into international railway logistics and the rolling road (ROLA). Both have got stuck into their respective training programmes and are having lots of exciting experiences. But let’s allow them to tell us their views for themselves: