Training and supporting young talent is firmly entrenched in the company philosophy of German electro-technical specialist Dehn. Of its 1600 globally located employees, more than 10% are apprentices.
Dehn offers a wide range of apprenticeships across 12 disciplines, ranging from business management to logistics, product designers to warehousing and electrical and mechanical technicians. It has long contributed its success to its hands-on training programmes and the calibre of its apprentices. In addition to this practical experience, apprentices also study in parallel at vocational schools, thus offering a balanced combination of theory and practice.
Marco Berschneider, a German national, successfully finished his three-year industrial business management assistant apprenticeship in July 2013. During this time he was exposed to several departments of Dehn in Germany, thus gaining important insight into the different fields of activity of the company, whilst developing a full understanding of the business processes and solutions.
After his apprenticeship, Berschneider was keen to gain more work experience and improve his English language skills at the same time. The company decided to send him to the new subsidiary, Dehn Protection South Africa, under the mentorship of managing director, Alexis Barwise.
Since August 2013, Berschneider has worked at the Johannesburg office both in the internal sales department as well as a logistics officer, for which his main task was to design and implement a logistics process for all incoming and outgoing shipments. In the internal sales department he has been charged with calculating price and discount lists, writing quotations and invoices, as well as providing critical support to the external sales team.
“Marco was handpicked by Dehn to come to South Africa and learn business English whilst working as our logistics officer. Having someone here who has a good understanding of the parent company in Germany has been invaluable to us as a subsidiary,” says Barwise.
Berschneider will stay until the end of July, after which he will take up studies in International Business Administration in Germany and the UK.
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