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Dachser promotes an initiative against the shortage of qualified workers

  • A group of four DACHSER employees stands confidently in front of a DACHSER branded truck. The truck has a blue cab and a yellow trailer with the company's logo and slogan "Intelligent Logistics" clearly visible. The employees are dressed in company uniforms, consisting of blue jackets and pants with reflective stripes. The background features additional DACHSER trailers and a partly cloudy sky.

The lack of drivers and qualified workers worries the logistics sector. For 10 years, Dachser has been investing in the training of professionals in the sector to counteract the situation.

The shortage of drivers and skilled workers is worrying the economy and the logistics sector in particular, and is one of the critical factors holding back future growth. With DACHSER Service und Ausbildungs ​​GmbH, the multinational logistics company launched a sustainable qualification strategy ten years ago and today Dachser is one of the largest trainers of professional drivers in Germany.

A report published by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) considers the driver shortage to be a European and global problem, with more than three million vacant jobs in 36 countries surveyed. "The shortage of skilled workers is a general market trend that affects the entire logistics sector," says Alexander Tonn, COO Road Logistics at Dachser. "We have to make greater and greater efforts to fill vacancies," he adds.

It was because of this problem that Dachser decided, ten years ago, to be one of the first logistics companies to launch a qualification strategy by founding the DACHSER Service und Ausbildungs ​​GmbH. The objective is to attract young people to the driving profession, inspire them, train them and ensure long-term work in the market. "Recognition, prospects, personal responsibility and salary are the most important factors in making the profession more attractive," said Hendrik Jansen, Managing Director of DACHSER Service und Ausbildungs ​​GmbH.

Make work exciting and prioritize a good environment

Since then, every year around a hundred students begin their training to become professional drivers. "We have professionalized continuous training and tested all the processes related to the world of driving," says Jansen. This has also included, for example, the hiring of fleet managers in each German Dachser branch, who play a key role in the process and are dedicated to responding to the needs of drivers.

"Finding good drivers is essential, but it is also important to retain good people and motivate them even more," says Hendrik Jansen. "Today, it is about issues such as balance between personal and work life, the change in communication or meaningful and meaningful work. And these are precisely the levers on which we are working. If we manage to change the way we treat to our drivers, and this does not apply only to Dachser, then we will achieve a cultural change and, therefore, a greater appreciation for this profession and for the people who practice it," he reiterates.