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Deutsche Bahn AG

Winner: 2008 AARP International Innovative Employer Award

Recruitment: Special attention has been paid in particular to the age group of older employees, and DB takes a proactive stance to recruiting staff members age 50+. In terms of internal recruitment, DB JobService GmbH is responsible for recruitment-oriented qualification of older employees in order to deploy them at jobs in the company.
For example, qualification is provided as personnel executives, dispatchers, forwarding clerks and security staff, vehicle and building cleaners and call agents, together with long-term demand-oriented qualification as office experts, service technicians, logistics clerks and engineers. Here employees are specifically qualified and trained to cover future bottlenecks in certain occupation groups in the company.

Sixty-one percent of staff looked after by JobService are 50 years and older. DB is also particularly committed to recruiting older unemployed people from the external labor market through DB Temporary Employment for the business units responsible for service tasks, DB Dialogue (RailCard service), administrative and technical staff, and security services. In 2007, 325 unemployed people aged 50+ were taken on by the company; this corresponds to 9 percent  of all staff newly employed by Deutsche Bahn. Deutsche Bahn is also working with the government on a project called “Engineer Acquisition 50plus.” To help address engineering-workforce shortages, Deutsche Bahn retrains unemployed older engineers through this program so that they can work with the company.

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