RCG talent factory

11. 03. 2019

Life as a trainee at Rail Cargo Group is challenging and varied. For our international junior staff, the new experience they gain at our headquarters in Vienna is all the more impressive. We looked over their shoulders and gained interesting insights – both into their everyday professional lives and away from their workplace.

A total of nine trainees from various European countries are currently completing the twelve-month RCG trainee programme within RCG's international network. After spending four months at an RCG subsidiary abroad, they are in Vienna for their second rotation from January to April. We accompanied their eventful everyday life between work and leisure.

The morning ritual

Our prospective logistics specialists are located near the Danube. The small but fine guest house of the Danube Sports Centre with single rooms and surrounded by greenery contributes to the once-in-a-life-time experience. After breakfast, they go together by public transport to the ÖBB headquarters at Vienna Central Station in only 10 minutes.

Gemeinsam auf dem Weg ins Büro. Together on the way to the office.

The working day

From day one, the trainees gained deep insights into the structures of the various RCG departments – from service design and service delivery to customer-, production-, network- and asset management to sales and operational safety. During the four months, each trainee is familiarized with the daily business of a specific department. Knowledge from their studies and initial subject-specific experience from their first rotation are helpful. By being involved in processes related to presentations, analyses and meetings, our experts of tomorrow gain valuable experience for their professional future. Work starts between seven and nine o'clock in the morning and ends around five o'clock in the evening. They are also responsible for the implementation of the "Borderless" group project: the aim is to find new ways and processes to speed up border crossings for freight trains. In addition, they acquire specific know-how in Railway English and International Project Management seminars as well as in the argumentation and presentation training "Make your point". Packed full of new experiences and insights, the third and final rotation will return to the national company. After completion of the twelve-month programme and correspondingly good performance, the trainees are taken on as regular employees in the respective national company.

The evening

Leisure activities are characterised by joint activities: walks along the Danube, running laps in the "in-house" park, bowling, table football or excursions, for example to Prague. Some trainees also take the opportunity to improve their German language skills at a seminar on their own initiative. Fixed date: Every Tuesday, after the Railway English course, dinner is served together in a restaurant.

Emilie Ranelie Brodeth/RCA HR Development, emilie.brodeth@railcargo.com will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the content of the trainee programme.