Lufthansa Technik Group: 147 young people begin training

Vocational preparation measures are very successful

At the traditional start of the German training year in August, 147 young people are beginning either traditional or dual-study training programs with the Lufthansa Technik Group. All told, Lufthansa Technik will be home to 591 trainees on their way to professions in technical aircraft services or aircraft logistics. One highlight of the current training year is the success of the company's measures to increase the number of trainees with lower-level secondary school qualifications. And as is now traditional, several deaf trainees are among those "learning the ropes" as tool mechanics. The proportion of women among the trainees has risen from 11% to a total of 15%.

72 of the new trainees are beginning programs in Hamburg, 47 in Frankfurt, 18 in Arnstadt, 7 in Alzey and 3 in Munich. They were able to choose between 13 different professions and practice-oriented courses of study.

Since 2000, Lufthansa Technik has made training slots available every second year for deaf trainees, and this year three deaf people are beginning training as tool mechanics. These trainees are completely integrated in the normal program, and if they complete their training successfully they are taken on as permanent employees.

Seven young people have taken advantage of a vocational training preparation program to qualify for training at Lufthansa Technik. This project is jointly sponsored by the city of Hamburg and Lufthansa Technical Training, and focuses on the targeted preparation for training of young people with difficult educational backgrounds.

For the first time, two youths with lower-level secondary school qualifications took advantage of a special internship as a path to a trainee position at Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS). As part of the cooperative project "Transfer", the two students from the Gebrüder-Grimm School have had an on-the-job internship at LTLS for two days every week since October 2013, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for a traineeship.

The largest group of new trainees – 102 of them – is beginning their training directly at Lufthansa Technik. Another seven will be starting at Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey, a very successful Lufthansa Technik Group company that specializes in overhauling smaller jet and propeller engines. Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) has taken on twenty new trainees for the future-oriented profession of specialist in inventory administration, and is thus expanding its training commitment yet again. N3 Engine Overhaul Services, headquartered in Arnstadt in Thuringia, is a 50:50 joint venture with Rolls-Royce for overhauling Trent engines. Just like LTLS, N3 takes on more trainees every year, and this year increased the number of training slots for aircraft mechanics with a specialty in engine technology to eighteen.

The percentage of women among the new trainees has risen to 15%. Lufthansa Technik will continue its efforts to seek out and inform young women about the variety of possibilities available in technical professions.

The sites and training professions:

Hamburg: A total of 72 trainees are joining the program in Hamburg this year. Traditionally, most of the slots here go to young people who will become aircraft mechanics with specialties in maintenance (12), engines (12), production engineering (12) and avionic (7). Moreover, this year twelve people will begin their training as tool mechanics, seven as specialists in inventory administration (Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services – LTLS), and two as surface coating technicians (electroplater). They are joined by the following degree-based professions: two practice-oriented aircraft engineers (Master of Engineering), two practice-oriented electrical engineers (Master of Engineering), two mechanical engineers (Master of Engineering) and two students of mechatronics. The degree coursework for these programs takes place at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Frankfurt: Here, a total of 47 traditional and dual-study trainees are beginning their training: twelve as aircraft mechanics with a specialty in maintenance, twenty with the specialty avionics, and ten as specialists in inventory administration (LTLS). In cooperation with the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, five students are starting a dual-study program that will lead them to a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering/aircraft maintenance.

Arnstadt: Eighteen aircraft mechanic trainees with a specialty in engine technology will strengthen N3 Engine Overhaul Services' work force.

Alzey: Six aspiring aircraft mechanics in engine technology and one metal cutting mechanic in milling technology will be trained at Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey for the challenging task of engine maintenance and repair.

Munich: Three trainees began at Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services with the goal of becoming specialists in inventory administration.