DB Schenker has opened a logistics academy programme in China with a focus on contract logistics to meet its growing need for long-term qualified employees. The company, which already employs 5,000 workers across 60 cities in the country, said that the institution would provide an internal training and development programme across its facilities that will help develop professional and personal skills.

“Our customers’ expectations are constantly on the rise, and projects are becoming increasingly complex. By establishing the DB Schenker Logistics Academy China, we are aiming to develop employees over the long term and keep them at DB Schenker,” said Dr Thomas Lieb, chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Schenker, at an event held in Beijing to launch the programme.

Modules on offer range from logistics concepts and continuous quality improvement to logistics controlling, project management and conflict resolution. It will be based on expertise both from within Schenker and from third parties, including from two Chinese universities.

In a statement Schenker recognised that there was a growing need for qualified employees in China while competition from other markets increased but that there was also a high turnover of staff there.

“Establishing our own academy is one of our solutions to this problem,” said Lieb. “The academy is first and foremost an internal training and development program. It will help develop professional and personal skills with specific targets in mind.”

Over the course of a year, training groups will complete six three-day training blocks roughly every six weeks in addition to their usual work.