Apprentice positions address tech shortage in Germany

 - September 26, 2007, 10:30 AM

Amid growing concerns about the shrinking base of aviation technical personnel, Lufthansa Technik is taking proactive steps to ensure that there are enough technicians to meet its future needs.

The company has announced that 235 apprentices are entering career paths with Lufthansa Technik. That figure is up from 182 last year. The company expects to have the same number of training posts available in 2008 and 2009 that it has this year.

The company also has ties with higher education. “With 30 places for students undergoing practice-oriented degree programs, Lufthansa Technik is stepping up its collaboration with higher educational establishments,” said Uwe Mukrasch, chief executive for human resources and information management at Lufthansa Technik.

“Overall, we currently employ 719 apprentices at the Lufthansa Technik Group in Germany, including 120 who just began in Hamburg and 84 in Frankfurt. Another 31 will shortly be starting in Munich.”

The new apprentices were able to choose from among 16 different technical career paths including aircraft mechanics specializing in maintenance, engines, production engineering and electronics engineers for aeronautical systems.