A total of 171 young people are now starting either traditional or dual-study training programs with the Lufthansa Technik Group – 14 more than in 2015. The selection process for 2017 is also already underway. All told, Lufthansa Technik in Germany will now be home to 575 young people on their way to professions in technical aircraft services or aircraft logistics.
Of the new trainees, 90 are beginning programs in Hamburg, 55 in Frankfurt, 14 in Arnstadt, eight in Alzey and four in Munich. Applicants were able to choose between 16 professions and courses of study.
The range of programs for electronics technicians has been expanded substantially. In addition to aircraft electronics specializing in working on aircraft, for which 36 new training places are available, 12 trainees will commence a new apprenticeship trade – electronics technician for devices and systems – for deployment in the specialized workshops.
Three of the 18 tool mechanics starting out in Hamburg are deaf trainees. Lufthansa Technik is thus continuing a project that has been ongoing since 2000 as part of the normal training and subsequent workshop deployment.
Of the 171 new recruits, 128 will begin their training directly at Lufthansa Technik and another eight will be starting at Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey, which specializes in overhauling smaller jet and turboprop engines. Lufthansa Engineering and Operational Services (LEOS), a ground handling services subsidiary, will be home to one trainee destined to become an automotive mechatronics technician. Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) will have 20 new trainees in warehouse logistics. N3 Engine Overhaul Services, a 50:50 joint venture with Rolls-Royce headquartered in Arnstadt in Thuringia, filled 12 training slots for aircraft mechanics with a specialty in engine technology. The company will also train two warehouse logistics specialists for the first time.
The percentage of women among the new trainees in the current training year, just under 8%, is significantly down on previous years. Lufthansa Technik stated it could not see any reasons for this development, but that there are indications of a turnaround for 2017 based on the current applications received. The increased efforts by the company over recent years to interest women in technically oriented professions will be fully maintained.
September 6, 2016