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VOCATIONAL & DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS

Your first steps in professional life can define your later career. Whether you choose a vocational apprenticeship or a degree apprenticeship, CHG-MERIDIAN can offer a solid basis for a promising career thanks to our unique combination of commercial and technical expertise.

VOCATIONAL & DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS AT CHG-MERIDIAN

Completing your vocational or degree apprenticeship with CHG-MERIDIAN can be the springboard to a responsible position in our company.

Have you graduated from school with good to very good grades and are now looking for opportunities with an international company? 

The CHG-MERIDIAN Group is always on the lookout for the next generation of dedicated, talented individuals. We offer vocational apprenticeships in six exciting occupations at four sites in Germany. And thanks to our partnership with Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Ravensburg, we also offer three degree apprenticeships at our headquarters in Weingarten.

Depending on the occupation, our vocational apprenticeships begin on August 1 or September 1, while our degree apprenticeships start on October 1 and take 2.5 to three years. You can apply online for our 2020 training program from the middle of June 2019 onward.

THE BENEFITS OF A VOCATIONAL OR DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP AT CHG-MERIDIAN:

  • Welcome day
  • Placements in relevant departments
  • Our inhouse HR Academy offers a range of courses, such as English and ‘Fit on the phone’
  • Projects managed by you and your fellow vocational and degree apprentices
  • Team events, including an annual trip for apprentices and students
  • Mobile devices such as a smartphone and a laptop, depending on your apprenticeship/degree
  • Refund of public transport costs (e.g. bus or train ticket)
  • Financial support for international assignments (depending on the type of apprenticeship/degree)
  • Mentoring scheme

VOCATIONAL APPRENTICESHIPS

VOCATIONAL APPRENTICESHIPS AT CHG-MERIDIAN – A GREAT START TO A PROMISING FUTURE

CHG-MERIDIAN offers interesting work and excellent development opportunities in a range of business areas. We have a broad educational program offering plenty of variety in the fields of commerce, IT, and logistics. Our apprentices receive a hands-on education that allows them to set their career on the right path.

We want you to broaden your horizons and learn how to work and think independently. Specific projects, training provided by our HR Academy, and time spent in the various departments will give you the basic skills you need. We make a conscious effort to provide all-round training where technical skills, communication skills, and customer-oriented and entrepreneurial thinking are part of the curriculum, along with learning how to work independently and as part of a team.

If you are free from August 1 or September 1 onward and see your future with us, then choose a vocational or degree apprenticeship at one of our sites.

Join us now and look forward to a promising future. Once you have completed your training, there are a wide range of career paths available within the CHG-MERIDIAN Group.

AT OUR HEADQUARTERS IN WEINGARTEN

September 1 start

Apprenticeship as Industrial Management Assistant, with or without additional qualifications

TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Humpis Schule in Ravensburg
REQUIREMENTS: Mittlere Reife/GCSE/high school diploma or equivalent, Abitur or university entrance qualification (for the apprenticeship with additional qualifications)
DURATION: Three years, or 2.5 years for the apprenticeship with additional qualifications

WHAT DO INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT ASSISTANTS DO?
The vocational apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN will prepare you for deployment in commercial and business management roles and teach you how to use the latest technology.

PRACTICAL TRAINING
During your apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN, you will get to know all the key areas of a modern technology service provider and take on responsibility for your own tasks:

  • Internal organization
  • Financial accounting
  • Communications and marketing
  • Human resources
  • Contract management
  • Sales and internal sales

You will get to know our logistics, production, and brokerage units during a two-week secondment at our Technology and Service Center in Gross-Gerau near Frankfurt.

TECHNICAL COLLEGE CURRICULUM
The technical college provides the theoretical elements of your apprenticeship. 
Your professional and project skills are honed in the following subjects:

  • Business administration
  • Management and control
  • Macroeconomics
  • Information processing

You will also have lessons in ethics/religious studies, social studies, and German. On the apprenticeship with additional qualifications, you will have lessons in international business administration, financial planning and reporting, and a second foreign language.

You also have the opportunity to gain international experience on a three-week work placement abroad. This is a firm part of the program for the apprenticeship with additional qualifications.

Apprenticeship as Computer Science Expert – Software Development

TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Elektronikschule Tettnang
REQUIREMENTS: Mittlere Reife/GCSE/high school diploma or equivalent, Abitur or university entrance qualification
DURATION: Three years

WHAT DO COMPUTER SCIENCE EXPERTS WITH SPECIALIZATION IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT DO?
Applications developers are familiar with and understand business and operational processes which enables them to develop tailor-made software solutions. This includes testing existing applications and improving them, correcting defects, and providing users with advice and training. They use the latest software development tools, information and telecommunications technology, and multimedia applications.

PRACTICAL TRAINING
Spending time in a range of departments is a key aspect of your apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN. You will get to know our IT development, operations, and consulting departments, as well as departments such as accounts, sales and internal sales, contract management, and communications and marketing. We want you to broaden your horizons and learn how to work and think independently.

TECHNICAL COLLEGE CURRICULUM
The technical college provides the theoretical elements of your apprenticeship. The curriculum covers:

  • Developing and using software (SAE)
  • Information and telecommunications systems engineering (ITS)
  • Business administration
  • Social studies
  • German and English
  • Religious studies and/or ethics

Apprenticeship as Computer Science Expert – System Integration

TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Elektronikschule Tettnang
REQUIREMENTS: Mittlere Reife/GCSE/high school diploma or equivalent, Abitur or university entrance qualification
DURATION: Three years

WHAT DO COMPUTER SCIENCE EXPERTS WITH SPECIALIZATION IN  SYSTEM INTEGRATION DO?
Systems integrators plan, configure, and run information and telecommunications systems. Acting as our emergency services in the event of disruption, they identify errors and rectify them quickly. They also offer advice to users when it comes to selecting and using equipment, and resolve application and system problems. Creating systems documentation and delivering training is also part of their remit.

PRACTICAL TRAINING
Spending time in a range of departments is a key aspect of your apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN. You will get to know our IT development, operations, and consulting departments, as well as departments such as accounts, sales and internal sales, contract management, and communications and marketing. We want you to broaden your horizons and learn how to work and think independently.

TECHNICAL COLLEGE CURRICULUM
The technical college provides the theoretical elements of your apprenticeship. The curriculum covers:

  • Developing and using software (SAE)
  • Information and telecommunications systems engineering (ITS)
  • Business administration
  • Social studies
  • German and English
  • Religious studies and/or ethics

  

AT OUR OFFICE IN MUNICH AND DÜSSELDORF

September 1 start

Apprenticeship as Office Management Assistant

TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Städtische Berufsschule für Büromanagement und Industriekaufleute in Munich
REQUIREMENTS: Mittlere Reife/GCSE/high school diploma or equivalent, Abitur or university entrance qualification
DURATION: Three years

WHAT DO OFFICE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANTS DO?
Office management assistants organize and perform administrative and business-related tasks. The vocational apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN will prepare you for deployment in internal sales and is offered at our site in Munich.

PRACTICAL TRAINING
During your apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN, you will familiarize yourself with the company, mainly in the internal sales department. Here you will receive an in-depth induction with a focus on advising and supporting customers, calculating offers, and preparing contract documents. You will be given the opportunity to manage your own tasks and get involved in customer projects.

You will also spend time at CHG-MERIDIAN’s headquarters in Weingarten.
Your apprenticeship will include rotations in the following departments, where you will get to know their procedures and their interface to internal sales:

  • Financial accounting
  • Contract management and invoicing
  • Communications and marketing
  • Human resources


TECHNICAL COLLEGE CURRICULUM
The technical college provides the theoretical elements of your apprenticeship. Your professional skills are honed in the following subjects:

  • About your apprenticeship provider
  • Organizing work
  • Information, communication, and collaboration
  • Office processes
  • Business processes

AT OUR OFFICE IN GROSS-GERAU

August 1 start

Apprenticeship as Warehouse Logistics Expert

TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Friedrich List Schule in Darmstadt
REQUIREMENTS: Hauptschulabschluss, Mittlere Reife/GCSE/high school diploma or equivalent, Abitur or university entrance qualification
DURATION: Three years

WHAT DO WAREHOUSE LOGISTICS EXPERTS DO?
The vocational apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN will prepare you for deployment in goods in/out, order picking, packaging, and IT equipment testing, and teach you how to use the latest communications and information systems. This apprenticeship is offered at our site in Gross-Gerau near Frankfurt, where our Technology and Service Center is located.

PRACTICAL TRAINING
During your apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN, you will get to know the company, in particular our Technology and Service Center, one of the most modern in Europe. Here, you will be given an in-depth induction into the logistics department and all other departments of the warehouse, including goods in/out, order picking, packaging, and CHG-MERIDIAN’s specialist departments. You will also be given the opportunity to manage your own tasks.

TECHNICAL COLLEGE CURRICULUM
The technical college provides the theoretical elements of your apprenticeship. Your professional skills are honed in the following subjects:

  • Procurement logistics
  • Warehouse logistics
  • Transport and distribution logistics
  • Added value processes


You will also have lessons in ethics/religious studies, social studies, and German.

Apprenticeship as Management Assistant for Freight Forwarding and Logistics Services

TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Werner Heisenberg Schule in Darmstadt
REQUIREMENTS: Mittlere Reife/GCSE/high school diploma or equivalent, Abitur or university entrance qualification
DAUER: Three years

WHAT DO FREIGHT FORWARDING AND LOGISTICS SERVICES MANAGEMENT ASSISTANTS DO?
Your vocational apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN will prepare you for deployment in our logistics department and teach you how to use the latest communications and information systems. This apprenticeship is offered at our site in Gross-Gerau near Frankfurt, where our Technology and Service Center is located.

PRACTICAL TRAINING
During your apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN, you will get to know the company, in particular our logistics center, located in one of Europe’s most modern technology centers. Here, you will receive an in-depth induction into the logistics department, with a focus on national and international distribution and returns logistics, and the processing of export business. You will also get to know all the other departments of the warehousing operation, and be given the opportunity to manage your own tasks and get involved in logistics projects.

TECHNICAL COLLEGE CURRICULUM
The technical college provides the theoretical elements of your apprenticeship. Your professional skills are honed in the following subjects:

  • Business processes in transport and logistics
  • Administrative management and control
  • Logistics processes
  • Operational and commercial processes


You will also have lessons in social studies, religious studies/ethics, German, and English.

CHG-MERIDIAN OFFERS THE PERFECT MIX OF WORK AND FUN

“During my training I am spending most of my time in the IT department. But I also get to work in other departments, such as the HR Academy, financial accounting, and contract management, in order to learn about and understand the business processes at CHG-MERIDIAN. In all the departments everyone helps each other out and works very closely together. To boost the team spirit, there are a lot of communal activities, such as having lunch as a team in the company cafeteria. There are also group events, like the outing for apprentices and students, or departmental excursions with joint activities that foster cohesion and help people to get to know each other better. And the HR Academy offers seminars, courses, and other training options to ensure that employees never stop learning. Every three months there is a presentation session for the apprentices and students. This consists of two apprentices giving a talk they have prepared, as practice for their final exams. The group also works through and discusses issues that are relevant to the company, or current topics from the wider economy.”

MARCO ECKEL | Apprentice computer science expert (software developer) at the site in Weingarten

CHG-MERIDIAN OFFERS MANY INTERESTING PROJECTS – THE PERFECT START TO A CAREER!

“Each apprentice at CHG-MERIDIAN is assigned a mentor from a previous intake. This means that right from the start you have a fixed contact who will lend a hand if you have any questions or problems. That is a great feeling, and boosts the sense of belonging to the team. But it isn’t just the mentors who are available when apprentices have questions – our other colleagues are also always ready to help out. We call this the ‘open door principle’.

If you are committed and hard-working, you are almost guaranteed to be offered a permanent position at CHG-MERIDIAN, because the company is keen on hiring from within its ranks. Your own requests are also taken into consideration. It is a good idea to make as many internal contacts as possible during your training. CHG-MERIDIAN makes this easy, because you get to work in a range of different departments. The support from experts with specialist knowledge is useful for all sorts of decisions and problems in day-to-day work.

After completing my industrial clerk apprenticeship with an additional qualification in international business management, CHG-MERIDIAN offered me the opportunity to do a degree apprenticeship in international business.”

MARLEN MOOSMANN | Degree apprentice in international business, formerly a trainee as industrial management assistant at the site in Weingarten

DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS

DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS AT CHG-MERIDIAN – THE PERFECT MIX OF THEORY AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

CHG-MERIDIAN offers degree apprenticeships in a range of specialisms. At Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Ravensburg and right here with us, our students get to know both the theory and the practical side. The program combines academic studies with on-the-job training, opening up a wide range of career opportunities and fields of work. The mix of university degree education and practical semesters provide an excellent preparation for students’ future careers.

An added advantage is that our commitment goes further than just your degree – we are interested in a long-term working relationship with you and offer various development opportunities.

AT OUR HEADQUARTERS IN WEINGARTEN

October 1 start

Business Informatics (BSc)

UNIVERSITY: Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Ravensburg
REQUIREMENTS: Abitur or university entrance qualification (requirement: general aptitude test for studying at the Cooperative State University)
DEGREE: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
DURATION: Three years (six semesters)

ACADEMIC STUDIES AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION GO HAND IN HAND
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Ravensburg offers school leavers an unparalleled opportunity to combine theory and practice. It combines academic studies with on-the-job training in courses that open up a wide range of career opportunities and fields of work. The business informatics course is based on the following three pillars:

  • Business informatics: the systems architecture of business information systems, system analysis methods, and project management
  • Business administration: the basic principles behind business management and macroeconomics
  • Information technology: system development, coding, and database methods; computer and information infrastructure (operating systems, networking basics)


STUDY AT CHG-MERIDIAN
During your practical training phases, you will focus on getting to know our three IT departments:

  • IT Development
  • IT Operations
  • IT Consulting

You will also spend time in CHG-MERIDIAN’s administrative and commercial departments and take on your own tasks. The program includes placements in the following departments, among others:

  • Communications and marketing
  • Human resources
  • Treasury
  • Sales and internal sales
  • Financial accounting

Business Administration – Financial Services (BA)

UNIVERSITY: Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Ravensburg
REQUIREMENTS: Abitur or university entrance qualification (requirement: general aptitude test for studying at the Cooperative State University)
DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
DURATION: Three years (six semesters)

ACADEMIC STUDIES AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION GO HAND IN HAND
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Ravensburg offers school leavers an unparalleled opportunity to combine theory and practice. It combines academic studies with on-the-job training in courses that open up a wide range of career opportunities and fields of work. The Business Administration – Financial Services degree course is very broad-based:

  • Focus on general business administration, economics, and law
  • Lectures by guest speakers from banks, leasing companies, insurers, investment funds, financial advisors and other organizations
  • Skills acquired include the ability to analyze and assess developments on the financial and capital markets, and taking targeted control of interaction processes


STUDY AT CHG-MERIDIAN
During your practical training phases, you will get to know all the key areas of CHG-MERIDIAN and take on responsibility for your own tasks. The program includes placements in the following departments, among others:

  • Communications and marketing
  • Human resources
  • Treasury
  • Group accounting and reporting
  • Sales and internal sales
  • Financial accounting

Business Administration – International Business (BA)

UNIVERSITY: Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Ravensburg
REQUIREMENTS: Abitur or university entrance qualification (requirement: general aptitude test for studying at the Cooperative State University)
DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
DURATION: Three years (six semesters)

ACADEMIC STUDIES AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION GO HAND IN HAND
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Ravensburg offers school leavers an unparalleled opportunity to combine theory and practice. It combines academic studies with on-the-job training in courses that open up a wide range of career opportunities and fields of work. The Business Administration – International Business degree is founded on the basic principles of commerce.

Additional content:

  • Business administration from an international point of view
  • Intercultural management: values and their relevance to marketing, and teamwork on an international level
  • Lectures in German and English
  • Mandatory subjects: business English or Spanish


STUDY AT CHG-MERIDIAN
During your practical training phases, you will get to know all the key areas of CHG-MERIDIAN and take on responsibility for your own tasks. The program includes placements in the following departments, among others:

  • Communications and marketing
  • Human resources
  • Treasury
  • International business consulting
  • Sales and internal sales
  • Financial accounting

LATEST EXPERIENCE REPORTS FROM APPRENTICES AND STUDENTS

If you are interested in a vocational or degree apprenticeship at CHG-MERIDIAN, then our employee experience reports are a good place to start.

VOCATIONAL & DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP FAQ

Would you like to know more about vocational and degree apprenticeships with us? We have answered the most frequently asked questions for you below.

When can I start applying?

Placements for the coming year are usually published in mid-June. The application phase begins around 12 months before you start your vocational or degree apprenticeship. 

Is there a deadline for applications?

Some of our vocational and degree apprenticeships have multiple places, so the offer will be on our website until we have filled all vacancies.

You can send us your application as long as the vocational or degree apprenticeship at your preferred site is still available online.

What is the right way to apply?

Your application will be the first impression we have of you, so it is particularly important that your documents are complete and organized.

Please include a cover letter, your résumé, and a copy of your last two school reports. If you have them, you can also include proof of internships and other additional qualifications/certificates.

You can send us your application using our online form. The link to the application form can be found in the online job advertisement.

What is the application process at CHG-MERIDIAN?

The first step to joining us is your online application, which also kicks off the application process. As soon as we receive your application, we will send you an email as confirmation. In the next step, we carefully examine your application to ensure that you are a good fit for the job.

If you have sparked our interest and your documents meet our requirements, we look forward to meeting you in person for an interview.

In the next and final step in the selection process, you will spend a day at what could be your future workplace, where you can experience the company and working environment for yourself and gain a first impression of your future employer.

Can I do the vocational or degree apprenticeship at a different site than the one advertised?

Unfortunately not. You can only apply for the site specified in the job ad.

  

ANY QUESTIONS?

If you would like more information about training and degree apprenticeships at CHG-MERIDIAN, please get in touch.

Annika Tran

Teamleader Apprenticeship & Trainee Guide