Insights DHL blazing a trail for apprenticeships
08 March 2019

DHL blazing a trail for apprenticeships

DHL Website Feature

DHL Global Forwarding (DGF), the air and ocean freight specialist, is partnering with Seetec to spearhead the way for apprentices through its successful UK apprenticeship programme.

During National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 4 – 8 March, apprentices up and down the country are being honoured with events and activities to help grow their skill set and raise awareness of the opportunities available to businesses and budding apprentices.

With “Blaze A Trail” being the main theme of the week, and tying in with International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March, three female apprentices have taken part in a job swap activity. Each apprentice had the opportunity to become a Station Manager at the organisation’s London (Hayes) hub.

One such apprentice was twenty-two-year-old Luna Dalton, who recently became a permanent employee at DHL and is currently in the process of completing her second apprenticeship qualification in logistics.

As part of the organisation’s International Women’s Day activities, Luna led a project team meeting to map out the induction process for all new starters at the London site, a task that would usually have been carried out by Station Manager Alan Padbury. Luna was also supported by two other female apprentices, Lizzie Rose, 25-year-old Airfreight Import Specialist, and 19-year-old Sian Williams, Airfreight Product Apprentice. 

Alan Padbury believes apprenticeships make up a vital part of the business, having started his own career at DHL as an apprentice back in 1997. Now Alan manages DHL’s largest station in the UK, with around 350 employees, which provides a range of air and ocean freight services to thousands of customers in the UK and worldwide every year.

Alan said: “DHL’s apprenticeship scheme is something that I embrace wholeheartedly and am personally very passionate about as I started my career in a very similar way. It is important that employers like DHL invest in programmes that provide apprentices with rich and varied experiences so that they receive the very best learning experience possible.”

In 2017 DGF launched its own apprenticeship scheme, targeting more logistics focused qualifications. In doing so, DGF partnered with Outsource, part of the Seetec Group, to help train, coach and deliver the right candidates for the business.

For more information about apprenticeship opportunities, contact our friendly recruitment team. To learn more about National Apprenticeship Week, follow #NAW2019.