Lufthansa Technik prepares for future growth with apprenticeships

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Covid-19 may have created the current biggest crisis in Lufthansa Technik’s history, but the company is continuing to focus on the vocational training of employees as a measure to secure its future. During August, some 240 young people will begin apprenticeships at the company, across nine different training courses and six dual study programmes.

“Even though we have no employment for many of our staff at the moment, we continue to train,” said Antonio Schulthess, chief executive of human resources, engines & aircraft systems at Lufthansa Technik AG. “Because one thing is clear: we will emerge from this crisis again and must then be prepared in the best possible way for the demographic change in our workforce.”

Out of the total of 240 new apprenticeships and places to study, 192 are directly attributable to Lufthansa Technik AG, the remainder to companies in the Lufthansa Technik Group or joint ventures (see list below). In total, more than 750 young people are currently undergoing training or studying in the Lufthansa Technik Group on their way to a career in aircraft engineering, industry or logistics.

The proportion of women in 2020 is 14%, a slight increase compared with last year’s figure, but it is clearly still too low. Lufthansa Technik will therefore continue its efforts to attract women in particular to technical professions. The inclusion of people with physical disabilities also remains a declared goal of the company: this year in Hamburg, two hearing-impaired people will start training as tool mechanics.

Originally Lufthansa Technik had planned to introduce a higher number of new
apprentices this year. However, the outbreak of the pandemic, as well as the resulting decline in global air traffic and the workload in many parts of the company, made it necessary to adjust the number of trainees accordingly.

Training figures by location and specialisation:

Lufthansa Technik AG, Hamburg (training started 3 August ), in total
129 (incl. KOMBI train. / Technik Students):
– 26 electronics technicians for devices and systems
– 20 aircraft mechanics with specialities in repair technology
– 19 aircraft mechanics with specialities in manufacturing technology
– 19 aircraft mechanics with specialities in engine technology
– 16 tool mechanics
– 5 aircraft electronics specialists
– 4 surface coating technicians

KOMBI trainings: Basic training in Hamburg, later practical training
at other locations (in brackets):
– KOMBI – 3 aircraft mechanics with specialities in manufacturing
technology (Frankfurt)
– KOMBI – 3 aircraft electronics specialists (Cologne-Bonn)
– KOMBI – 2 electronics technicians for devices and systems
(Frankfurt)
– KOMBI – 2 aircraft electronics specialists (Dusseldorf)
– KOMBI – 2 tool mechanics (Frankfurt)
– KOMBI – 1 aircraft mechanic with specialities in repair technology
(Cologne-Bonn)

Dual study programme “Technik Students” in Hamburg:
– 3 students in the Mechanical Engineering course
– 2 students in the course Electrical Engineering and Information
Technology
– 2 students in the aircraft construction course

Lufthansa Technik AG, Frankfurt (training started 10 August), 63 in
total (incl. Technik Students):
– 31 aircraft mechanics with specialities in repair technology
– 17 aircraft electronics specialists
– 11 aircraft mechanics with specialities in engine technology

Dual study programme “Technik Students” in Frankfurt:
– 2 students in the International Industrial Engineering and
Management course
– 1 student in the course of Applied Physics
– 1 student in the course of Electrical and Aeronautical Engineering

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services, 22 in total:
– 11 warehouse logistics specialists (Hamburg, start of training
3 August)
– 8 warehouse logistics specialists (Frankfurt, start of training
10 August)
– 2 specialists for forwarding and logistics services (Frankfurt,
start of training 10 August)
– 1 warehouse logistics specialist (Munich, start of training 10 August)

Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey (Alzey, training starts 3 August), a
total of 15:
– 14 aircraft mechanics with specialities in engine technology
– 1 cutting machine operator specialising in milling technology

Joint venture N3 Engine Overhaul Services (Arnstadt, start of
training 1 September), 11 in total:
– 11 aircraft mechanics specialising in engine technology

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