Logistics company pledges to employ 40 local youth
IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale says DB Schenker's pledge to employ 40 local trainees is a major step in addressing youth unemployment.
DB Schenker is a global logistics service provider employing more than 94,600 staff across 2000 sites in about 130 countries.
Last October, it was announced as the anchor tenant of the $350 million 62ha Redbank Motorway Estate developed by Goodman Group.
DB Schenker's $56 million 31,400sq m facility is scheduled to be built by June.
"This is the most significant thing, not just for Ipswich but Australia," Mayor Pisasale said.
"It's a worldwide company who will be putting 40 young people straight into traineeships.
"You don't get a better result.
"Youth unemployment is a problem everywhere in the country and we're working to get it down.
"Governments and companies should be looking at ways to do what this company is doing.
"My thanks to Goodman's for starting the estate and we can look forward to more positive announcements in the near future."
Queensland regional operations manager for DB Schenker, Kip Sandercock, said the traineeship program had the full support of the company's CEO Ron Koehler and directors.
"Our aim is to conduct the training in Ipswich so we can attract local employees," Mr Sandercock said.
myfreightcareer general manager Tony Wenham said his company was appointed by DB Schenker as the group training company and registered organisation to run the program.
"We see our role as a specialist training provider for the global logistics industry and offer training in warehouse operations, computer skills and international freight forwarding across Australia," Mr Wenham said.
"Those completing the traineeships can expect to gain a Certificate 3 in Warehouse Operations and other valuable workplace skills.
"myfreightcareer see this venture as the beginning of our activities in Ipswich and our intention is to continue to offer similar training programs and traineeships to the Ipswich community."
See tomorrow's QT for how to apply for a traineeship.