TRAINING & DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS
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 trainees receive a hands-on education that allows them to set their career on the right path.
And once the traineeship has been completed there are many career paths available within CHG-MERIDIAN.
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. They receive a university degree education and a real insight into the world of work, providing an excellent preparation for their future careers.
A further advantage is that our commitment goes further than just your degree – we are interested in a long-term working relationship with you. There is nothing to stop you rising to the top.
FROM OCTOBER 1
My name is Marlen Moosmann. I am 19 and live in Ravensburg. I like to spend time with my family and friends, and my hobbies include sports, travel, and languages. After gaining my university entrance qualification I travelled around Canada, Australia, and South East Asia. In September 2016 I began my industrial business management apprenticeship with CHG-MERIDIAN – the start of a new chapter in my life.
CHG-MERIDIAN is one big family
CHG-MERIDIAN is a successful and steadily growing company. It also looks after its employees, and puts great emphasis on teamwork. Communal lunches and coffee breaks allow me to get to know my colleagues better. And there are other special events that help bring us together, such as a party for all employees to mark the end of the year, and an outing for the apprentices and students. New employees also get to attend a start-up seminar, which is for fresh recruits from all across the company, even the international sites. This provides a basic introduction to CHG-MERIDIAN, and gives us a chance to get to know each other and share our impressions at a group dinner.
Why train in industrial business management with CHG-MERIDIAN?
An apprenticeship in industrial business management with CHG-MERIDIAN offers great variety. You get to work in departments such as the Academy, Communications & Marketing, Internal Sales, and many others. The length of the assignments varies; sometimes you spend six weeks in a department, sometimes only three. We also have presentation sessions every three months, which are a great preparation for our final exams. I am certain that when I finish my training with CHG-MERIDIAN I will have a broad range of knowledge, as we are taught the fundamentals by experts. This will enable me to work in many different departments.
At my vocational college, the Humpisschule, the main subjects are management and control, business economics, and macroeconomics. Unlike the three-year apprenticeship, the Apprenticeship Plus only lasts two and a half years, and it includes additional subjects such as international business economics, business English, and an option of logistics, French, or Spanish. It also includes a three-week stay in England. As a company with an international presence, CHG-MERIDIAN likes to give its apprentices this experience.
Mentor and mentee
Each apprentice training 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, the other colleagues are also always ready to help out. We call this the ‘open door principle’.
A broad network offers plenty of opportunities
If you are committed and hard working you are almost guaranteed to be offered a permanent position at CHG-MERIDIAN, because the company only trains according to its requirements. 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.
CHG-MERIDIAN supports us with many interesting projects – the perfect start to a career!
My name is Marco Eckel, I am from Bad Waldsee and I am training for a qualification in IT software development with CHG-MERIDIAN. Outside work I like to spend time with friends, and I enjoy playing football.
IT – my passion
I have been fascinated by computers and mobile devices since I was a little boy. Over time I learned more and more about applications and the functions of IT equipment. It soon became clear to me that I wanted to work in IT when I grew up. After my internship at CHG-MERIDIAN I made up my mind to become a qualified IT software developer. And I was also determined to become part of the CHG-MERIDIAN family.
Insights into different areas of the company
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 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 help people to get to know each other better and to foster cohesion. And the 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.
The vocational college prepares us for work
Once or twice a week I attend the vocational college at the Tettnang School of Electronics, where I study specific IT-related subjects. One of these is Software Application Development, which teaches programming languages. Another is Information Technology Systems, which covers the basic principles of network technology. In addition to the specific IT subjects I am also studying business economics, German, social studies, and English.
The mentoring scheme
CHG-MERIDIAN has a mentoring scheme. Every apprentice is assigned a mentor, another apprentice who is already in the second or third year of their apprenticeship, and who looks after them in every respect. I also get full support from my training supervisor, the software development team leader. He helps me with my work and gives me invaluable advice. Once a week we have IT specialization, where we meet up for 90 minutes to work in-depth on IT topics. This is really useful, because it allows us to check anything that isn’t clear, and I am able to obtain valuable expert knowledge.
I can easily imagine staying with CHG-MERIDIAN in the long term, as it offers me a perfect combination of work and fun!
My name is Jonas Reuhs and I’m studying Business Informatics at the DHBW as part of a degree apprenticeship with CHG-MERIDIAN. In my spare time I enjoy sports and I’m a member of a handball club. After qualifying as a finance assistant at a bank I decided to embark on a degree course. But since I also wanted to gain more practical experience while I was studying, it made sense to consider a degree apprenticeship with CHG-MERIDIAN.
Studying Business Informatics at the DHBW
After completing my apprenticeship with the bank, my plan was to expand my basic understanding of business economics while adding an additional focus on IT. I quickly realized that I wanted to do a degree apprenticeship in business informatics. The exciting aspect of this course is its combination of two different subject areas. On the one hand there is corporate IT, and on the other there are the commercial topics. The degree course at the DHBW can be divided into three sections. Lectures on business subjects, such as accounting and economics, make up a large part of the teaching module. Another large section is IT, with lectures on programming and operating systems, and the third large block is business informatics, which brings everything together. The switch between classroom and company every three months offers plenty of opportunity to put what you’ve learned into practice.
CHG-MERIDIAN – Part of a big family
I’m glad I managed to find CHG-MERIDIAN as a partner for my degree apprenticeship. They had a big outing for apprentices and students before I even started work, so I was able to establish initial contacts and make some friends. At the start there was a seminar with all of the people from around the world who had just joined the company. This was a first chance to get to know the company and your work environment in more detail. And it allowed me to make contact with some international colleagues. Right from the start, the seminar showed us that we were part of a large team. And the ‘open door’ principle and the communal lunches in the company cafeteria immediately make me feel right at home in the various departments where I am working.
Getting to know CHG-MERIDIAN as an innovative company
I am not quite sure yet which department I am aiming for after I finish my degree. So I am very pleased to be getting an insight into almost every area of the company, and getting to know all of the different roles. This gives you an opportunity to find out where your strengths are. It is normally possible to work in that area once you finish your degree. CHG-MERIDIAN covers quite a wide range of functions and areas. As a technology management company it possesses vast IT expertise, which allows it to offer its customers the best possible IT solutions. There is also a focus on funding and credit checking of customers, to provide them with the optimum funding option, independent of manufacturers and banks. This diversity means working for CHG-MERIDIAN offers plenty of variety.
Support in every respect
When it comes to projects and papers, the know-how of the employees in the departments is extremely useful, as they are always ready to listen, and lend a hand as much as they can. That allows us to take on project responsibilities for ourselves, and to organize ourselves independently. But we can always rely on our colleagues to help us out if we need them. Regular sessions where apprentices and students give talks on subjects they choose themselves allow everyone to improve their presentation skills through constructive feedback. This is ideal preparation for final exams and presentations during your training or degree course. There are also many internal professional development workshops.
Apprentices and students – a great team
Student outings, student socials, presentation sessions – we, the apprentices and students, have plenty of opportunities to exchange views and experiences, in presentation sessions at work, or after work at a friendly student social. There is a lot of fun to be had, and we’ll sometimes organize our own activities. In the past we’ve cheered on our teams at public screenings of football games, for example. But the highlight of the year is definitely the joint outing.
My name is Patrick Wölfer. I come from Weingarten and work as an IT systems integrator at CHG-MERIDIAN. As well as being interested in IT and all its many possibilities, I like playing tennis and enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
Even at school I played the role of the technician
Ever since my parents bought their first computer, I have been spellbound by technology. I’ve always tried to keep up with the rapid pace of change and this has enabled me to continually expand my knowledge. My family and friends noticed my talent early on and so I was called on for advice in all sorts of problems. It quickly became clear to me that this was what I wanted to do as a career. Then came the question of what options were open to me after school. After doing a little research I came across the role of IT systems integrator, which seemed a perfect match for my interests. So I decided to find out more about the role and to find a company that offered it. As CHG-MERIDIAN is a partner of my school in Weingarten, I applied for an internship there. Thankfully I succeeded and got the introduction to the work that I was looking for. The administration of the many different IT systems is really interesting for me and was the key factor in my decision to apply – successfully – for an apprenticeship as an IT specialist.
My day-to-day work at CHG-MERIDIAN
As an apprentice at CHG-MERIDIAN you are never bored. You don’t just get an introduction to your own area, in my case IT, but you spend time in all departments. This gives you a better understanding of CHG-MERIDIAN’s internal processes, which can be helpful with IT-related problems. In total, IT apprentices spend an average of three months working in different departments. I spend around three weeks in each department, for example Communications & Marketing and the company’s Academy training department, getting to know it better. You are integrated into the department and gain specialist knowledge. Of course, I spend most of my time in the IT department. Every apprentice there is given their own work to do and gets involved in a wide range of exciting projects. For example, I am learning about the server farm and feel I can make an active contribution to everything that the department does. And because we manage the company’s entire infrastructure, assignments at our global sites are not unusual.
Learning the theory at the vocational college
As the apprenticeship follows the dual vocational model, it also involves classroom tuition. I attend the School of Electronics in Tettnang once or twice a week on an alternating schedule. Here I am taught general subjects such as German, English, social studies, business, and economics. These are supplemented by IT-relevant subjects like Software Application Development and Information Technology Systems, where you get to build complex systems and program your own applications in Java. In addition to the theory, there is an annual project where you put what you have learnt into practice.
Fun and a family atmosphere
Of course, working together with your colleagues on a daily basis is an important part of the role. Even though more than 350 people work at the head office in Weingarten there is a real family atmosphere. This is helped by various activities such as departmental excursions and outings for apprentices. Other events, such as the CHG Soccer Cup, help to boost team spirit and cohesion. All in all, it is laying the foundation for a successful career at CHG-MERIDIAN.