With Jungheinrich's "JIG" trainee programme, you will be riding the wave of success right from the start: In your home country and abroad, you will master exciting tasks and develop your leadership and management skills. During this time, you will lay the foundation for your career.
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Are you interested in learning more about the trainee programme at Jungheinrich? Scroll down and learn about the programme, the supporting roles during your time as a trainee, and the class networking. You will also find everything you need to know about the application process.
The curriculum of a trainee programme at Jungheinrich is highly customized. You start your trainee career with a kick-off event. Here you get in touch with many current and former trainees. In four individually designed training sessions on various topics, you can expand your soft skills or your knowledge about Jungheinrich.
Your assignments in the various Jungheinrich departments during the trainee programme can take place both in Germany and abroad. In the second half of the trainee programme, you will own a project from start to finish with your trainee class. You can then present this project to a large audience at Jungheinrich. Your trainee programme is culminates in a final event at the end of your trainee time.
During the trainee programme, you will have a support network with different roles to guide you on your journey at Jungheinrich.
Your Career Sponsor has recruited you as a trainee and is responsible for accompanying and advising you on your learning journey. Due to their position in management, they will be able to open doors for you when it comes to selecting assignments.
Your Mentor, who is usually a manager, too, is selected by the HR department. Due to the expertise they have gathered over many years at Jungheinrich, they can pass on the benefits of this experience to you. Mentors come in many shapes and sizes: role models, career coaches, mediators, advisors, catalysts and door openers for you.
Buddies are current or former trainees who welcome you as a "newbie," share their past experiences with you, and offer advice. Think of your buddies as your informal mentors.
JIG Class Network
With two start dates per year and a program duration of two years, there are always several active trainee classes at any given time. The exchange between the trainee classes is very important to us. To achieve this goal, you are assigned a buddy from a previous trainee class, among other things.
In addition, we regularly organize trainee events with both active and former trainees participating. This is a great networking opportunity and a way to share your experiences. Parallel training for all current classes helps you grow together even more.
Step 1: Online application
Your complete application should include your curriculum vitae, school, internship and graduation certificates, as well as other references. You can add a cover letter, if you like. Please upload all documents together in one PDF.
Step 2: First contact
We will contact you and inform you about the next steps.
Step 3: Interviews
The selection process follows. Depending on the country, this can consist of a telephone interview and between one and three personal interviews.
Step 4: Selection day
On selection day you present your case study results which will then be followed by another face-to-face interview with the programme managers.
Step 5: Decision & Feedback
We will inform you about the decision over the phone and provide feedback. Please note: It can take anywhere between three to six months from the time you apply to the time you start with us.
Step 6: Contract
We will send you the contract and invite you to the onboarding.
Chairman of the Board of Management
„We strive for global growth – every day. We therefore need clever and highly motivated people on board who are aiming for an international and challenging career at a global company. The award-winning JIG programme is the perfect place to begin“.
Member of the Board of Management Sales
„After successfully completing the programme, our trainees know Jungheinrich like the back of their hand. Also the possibility to build a large, company-wide network is a once in a lifetime chance and prepares for all following challenges“.
Member of the Board of Management Finance
„The programme’s flexibility, structure and projects make it the perfect tool for gaining a deep understanding of Jungheinrich. Trainees develop a wide range of skills to help them cope with the challenges of today, such as digitalisation and Intralogistics 4.0“.
Member of the Board of Management Technics
„Designing the future logistics requires highly qualified specialists. During the programme all our trainees learn to challenge themselves on an everyday basis. Working on specific projects and not loosing the bigger picture enables them to position Jungheinrich as an innovative market leader“.
1. In which countries is the programme available?
Currently, the JIG Programme is offered in the following countries: Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the UK, Singapore, China, Chile and Russia. Human Resources is working on expanding it to more regions.
2. What are the main criteria for applying to the JIG Programme? Do I need a specific degree?
You need a bachelor’s or master’s degree with above-average performance in a business-related field as well as fluency in English. You should be open to and available for international assignments. Advanced university degrees may be also required for certain positions (e.g. a finance background to work in the finance department).
3. Which language skills are necessary?
The main requirement is to be fluent in English. German is a great asset to have and any additional language is a plus.
4. How long is the JIG Programme?
The JIG Programme is a 24-month talent programme that provides you with the opportunity to work abroad for some of your assignments. The length of the programme may vary according to the individual path of the graduate.
5. How is the selection process for the Graduate Programme?
The selection process depends on the country in which you apply. In general, there are competence-based interviews and work on a case study you present to the interviewers. Please refer to the respective country homepage for more information.
6. Do you propose assignments abroad?
Yes, during your 2-years programme, there are going to be one or two assignments abroad. One of them is a posting in Germany, either at headquarters or in one of Jungheinrich’s sales offices or factories, depending on your career path.
7. Do I get to choose my assignments?
Your interests and priorities are considered by your career sponsor but ultimately, assignments are decided based on the business needs of Jungheinrich in each country.
8. Does the JIG Programme offer mentors?
Yes, this graduate programme allows you to have a mentor, who will be a role model for you, and a career coach, a facilitator and counsellor. Human Resources chooses a mentor for you based on your needs.
9. Do I receive training during the JIG Programme?
Yes, the programme has several training sessions in Hamburg. They focus on developing and improving your interpersonal, managerial and leadership skills. The training courses will help you fit into Jungheinrich’s culture. Some training topic examples are Communication, Leadership, and Project Management.
10. What are my options and opportunities when the JIG Programme ends?
Towards the end of the programme, you transition into you landing position. This position is the result of an exchange between the career sponsor, the mentor, Human Resources and, of course, you. Jungheinrich’s main goal is to find a position that is the best fit for both you and the company.
*For easier reading, we generally use the masculine form on our careers website. This implies persons of all genders.