The quality of logistics services depends on the people who deliver them. This is true anywhere in the world – also in Egypt, where DB Schenker recently became a co-sponsor of a free-of charge logistics education program. The three-year course at the El-Sewedy Technical Academy (STA) near Cairo is based on the German vocational training model and its dual approach: the students are training to become warehouse logistics specialists, and the training takes place partly in the classroom and partly in a company. They are then qualified to enrol for a relevant university degree in accordance with German law.
Within the context of the program, the German dual system of “Technical and Vocational Education and Training” (TVET) is aligned with the Egyptian educational system. Graduates receive both the local Ministry of Education certificate of technical secondary school education and a German TVET degree. Just over 40 students have participated in the course to date. By the year 2020, this number is expected to rise to about 100 – half of them boys, half of them girls.
The program is part of the corporate social responsibility initiatives of both DB Schenker and the El-Sewedy Technical Academy. However, it will not only help create opportunities for the talented young kids and their families, explained Khaled Morsy, CEO of DB Schenker in Egypt. “It also helps us to have an upscaled workforce, providing a unique market edge amongst our competitors and other corporates.”
Talent with a bright future: DB Schenker is sponsoring a logistics education program in Egypt. For the participants, the training as well as the complementary resources such as learning materials and medical coverage are free. Photos: DB Schenker