Deutsche Telekom plans 3,500 new hires in 2010
* Deutsche Telekom HR budget focuses on promoting young talent
* 3,300 traineeships also guaranteed for this year
* Thomas Sattelberger: “We need to co-invest in education”
Good news for the German job market: The economic crisis notwithstanding, Deutsche Telekom plans to hire up to 3,500 new people this year, roughly 1,400 of whom will be recent graduates and seasoned professionals. The remaining 2,100 jobs on offer will be reserved for young, talented employees with internal training, with a focus on graduates from Deutsche Telekom’s cooperative study programs. The number of new positions will thus remain steady at last year’s high level. In fall of this year, Deutsche Telekom will further become one of Germany’s largest training provider to offer 3,300 young people the opportunity to start a high-quality professional training course within the Group.
“Given a dramatically widening skills gap and the demographic and technological shifts currently under way, we will lose if we snooze,” says Thomas Sattelberger, Chief Human Resources Officer at Deutsche Telekom, explaining the continuously high number of new hires. “The economic crisis notwithstanding, we plan to continue rebalancing the age structure against the cycle at Deutsche Telekom, bring some new know-how into the company and enlarge our community of talented individuals,” says Sattelberger.In particular, software developers, business administration graduates, product managers, business analysts and IT architects will be sought on the external labor market. The fact that a large number of experts are set to be hired for customer service positions underscores yet again Deutsche Telekom’s determination to offer their customers the best service in the industry.
Moreover, the company is recruiting up to 50 “high potentials” for its newly developed young talent program (“Start up!”) who will complete their training by fulfilling a wide variety of functions across the company – from strategy to IT to finance and human resources.
A key focus of Deutsche Telekom’s HR planning in 2010 is to promote internal talent. 2,100 of the positions to be filled will be offered to young people from the company’s own training and curricula, stresses HR chief Sattelberger: “Promoting our young ”home-grown“ talent is key to future-proofing our company. My advice to other companies: He who will reap must sow - even in hard times.”
The high number of traineeships also demonstrates how Deutsche Telekom has prepared the soil to allow talented individuals to grow and thrive even amid the crisis. With roughly 3,300 training opportunities for 2010, Deutsche Telekom is once again taking the lead among the companies of the DAX 30. Young people will have eleven different career tracks to choose from for their training - from industrial clerk, assistant in dialog marketing and systems tech all the way to application development specialist, to name just a few.
What’s more, the company has expanded its range of cooperative study programs extensively in recent years. Currently at Deutsche Telekom, 650 young people are completing coursework in 11 different majors with a highly practical component, laying the foundation for outstanding prospects for their professional advancement. This year once again, roughly 400 of these places at universities will be offered. The 400 places offered for the first semester of 2010 represent twice the number offered in 2008.
And with respect to Bologna, Deutsche Telekom is also making its educational intent clear. At the end of last year, the company launched the “Bologna@Telekom” program to offer eligible employees attractive prospects for advancement through bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in tandem with professional employment. This year, the course offerings are set to expand to 18 tracks at five select universities, including the company’s own University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig. Another 200 places will be added to the 70 already available.
Deutsche Telekom is not simply the first German company to implement the Bologna process so consistently in-house - according to Thomas Sattelberger, it is increasingly becoming a “co-investor” in education. “Companies need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to education and exert an impact on its content,” he said. “And that cannot be left to the politicians and educational authorities alone. The expansion of our University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig into the Bologna university of Deutsche Telekom represents a major step in the right direction.”
About Deutsche Telekom AG
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 150 million mobile customers, around 39 million fixed-network lines and approximately 17 million broadband lines (as of September 30, 2009). Its product brands are T-Home (fixed-network telephony, broadband Internet), T-Mobile (mobile communications), and T-Systems (ICT solutions). As an international Group with approximately 260,000 employees operating in around 50 countries worldwide (as of September 30, 2009), Deutsche Telekom generated more than half of its revenue - EUR 61.6 billion - outside of Germany in 2008.
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