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The decisive advantage of a DMK apprenticeship is this: it doesn't just teach theory, but practice as well. Sandwich or part-time courses will give you knowledge that’s important to your profession in. On the job, you’ll be supported at all times by qualified skilled specialists who will show you how to apply what you’ve learned. This combination means you're ready for working life at the end of your training.

 

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Apprenticeship-based professions

DMK provides apprenticeships in commercialtechnical and industrial fields as well as a number of  nutrition professions. Just click on the various areas to find out more about the individual apprenticeship-based professions.

Commercial professions

Are you looking for a varied start to your career in which you gain business expertise and master commercial challenges? Do you enjoy analysing problems in detail as part of a team? Then come and join us and start your

Training as an Industrial Manager (m/f/o)

Your role

  • from 01/08/2019. Over the course of 3 years, we will familiarise you with all the commercial details of materials management, production, human resources management and sales.
  • Your role is varied and goes far beyond day-to-day tasks: through a variety of projects, you will get to know all our departments.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed as far as business is concerned (Economics / Business Management) – accounting and business English are also covered.
  • The practical part of your training also offers a number of learning opportunities for you - for example, you will study everything you need to know about purchasing, warehousing and provision of goods.
  • You will learn how to plan, control and monitor production processes – and how to juggle the figures correctly in finance and commercial bookkeeping.
  • Human resources is also a big part of your training. This includes deployment and organisational planning and assessing personnel needs.
  • Last but not least, we will show you how to negotiate confidently and successfully with customers and launch effective marketing campaigns.

Our requirements

  • Qualification: University or technical university entrance certificate, or commercial college qualification
  • Good marks/knowledge in the areas of mathematics and German
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • Ideally confident in using a PC, interest in foreign languages
  • Empathetic person with good communication skills
  • Driving licence, class A or B

Training as a Warehouse Specialist (m/f/o)

Short description

At our site in Edewecht, we are looking to appoint a trainee warehouse specialist (m/f/o) in the Warehouse Logistics department with effect from 01/08/2019.

Your role

  • Over the course of 2 years, we will familiarise you with all the processes and details of logistics – from incoming goods to warehousing and consignment and safe loading.
  • Your role is varied and goes far beyond day-to-day tasks: over the long term, you will contribute to a wide range of planning and organisational processes, among other things.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed when it comes to checking, transporting, picking, packing and shipping goods – thanks to you, everything ends up where it belongs.
  • The practical part of your training also offers a number of learning opportunities for you, such as processing shopping documentation and delivery notes and determining performance indicators.
  • You will learn how to store and ship food optimally – in accordance with all the regulations and with a focus on cost-effectiveness.
  • Last but not least, your training schedule includes stock control and maintenance and correct use of working and conveying equipment.

Our requirements

  • Good secondary school qualification with good marks in mathematics
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • Ideally confident in using a PC
  • Empathetic person with good communication skills

Training as a Warehouse Logistics Specialist (m/f/o)

Your role

  • Over the course of 3 years, we will we familiarise you with all the details of warehouse logistics – from accepting goods to precise unloading, sorting and storage and checking accompanying paperwork.
  • Your role is varied: in outgoing goods, you will put deliveries together, plan the associated routes and create both delivery notes and customs declarations.
  • In doing so, you will naturally learn how to ensure that your route planning meets all of the commercial, infrastructural, scheduling and environmental requirements.
  • When it comes to proper packing of goods, we will show you how to pack lorries, containers and wagons in such a way that nothing can slip or overflow.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed when it comes to checking, transporting, picking, packing and shipping goods – thanks to you, everything ends up where it belongs.
  • The practical part of your training also offers a number of learning opportunities for you, such as understanding how to deal with factors such as humidity and room temperature for quality assurance.
  • On the commercial level, quotations, purchase orders, payment processes, physical inventory work and simple annual accounts await and you will become an expert at juggling the figures.
  • In the long term, you will help us to improve our internal information, material and value flow consistently – from procurement to sales.

Our requirements

  • Secondary school qualification with good marks in mathematics
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • Ideally confident in using a PC
  • Empathetic person with good communication skills

Training as a Human Resource Services Manager (m/f/o)

Your role

  • Over the course of 3 years, we will familiarise you with all the processes and details of personnel work, from searching for and attracting applicants, through planning and deployment, to payroll accounting.
  • Specifically, you will learn how to conduct interviews confidently, initiate staff training courses and keep personnel files with all of the important information.
  • Through your training, you will become a professional point of contact for both employees and managers – for all-round support when it comes to HR.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed as far as HR processing, marketing of personnel services and managing and supporting individual employees are concerned.
  • The practical part of your training also offers a number of learning opportunities for you - we teach you everything you need to know about employment contracts and statutory HR regulations.
  • Last but not least, we will show you how to give advice to and communicate with different groups, resolve conflict as a matter of routine and network perfectly with organisations and institutions.

Our requirements

  • Qualification: University or technical university entrance certificate, or commercial college qualification
  • Good marks/knowledge in the areas of mathematics and German
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • Ideally confident in using a PC – analytical skills a must
  • Interest in working with people, empathetic person with a sympathetic manner
  • Driving licence, class A or B

Training as a Specialist Computer Technician (m/f/o) for Application Development

Your role

  • Over the course of 3 years, we will familiarise you with the development of complex software solutions and expansion of software systems for internal company processes.
  • In addition to a wide range of technical, mathematical and business principles, you will also encounter process analysis and IT project planning, among other things.
  • You will learn how to handle multimedia systems, manage infrastructure systems and convey complex IT materials to specific target audiences.
  • Through your training, you will become an administrator, developer and consultant in equal measure – covering various programming languages, system tests and licence contracts.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed with networked systems, accessing information sources correctly and the most important terms in business and IT English.
  • In the practical part of your training, we will teach you everything you need to know about software purchasing and how to show off new technical components in impressive presentations.

 

Our requirements

  • Good or very good secondary school qualification and/or (technical) university entrance qualification
  • Good marks/knowledge in the areas of mathematics, physics and English
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • The right mix of initiative, prudence and social skills
  • Driving licence, class A or B

 

 

 

Training as a Specialist Computer Technician (m/f/o) for System Integration

Your role

  • Over the course of 3 years, we will familiarise you with the networking of a wide range of hardware and software components to create complex, highly effective systems.
  • In the process, you will become an experienced IT service provider and learn how to implement customers’ exact requirements through configuring the systems in question.
  • You will be able to deal with errors and faults easily – as we show you how to rectify or prevent them with the latest diagnostic systems.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed with networked systems, accessing information sources correctly and the most important terms in business and IT English.
  • In the practical part of your training, we will teach you everything you need to know about identifying needs (products, services), customer advice and user training.
  • You will also discover how to use programming languages, differentiate between network architectures, plan system capacities and restore data that was thought lost.

Our requirements

  • Good or very good secondary school qualification and/or (technical) university entrance qualification
  • Good marks/knowledge in the areas of mathematics, physics and English
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • The right mix of initiative, prudence and social skills
  • Driving licence, class A or B

Training as an IT manager (m/f/o)

Your role

  • Over the course of 3 years, you will learn the requirements and problems that can be associated with IT systems and telecommunications – and how to analyse them correctly.
  • You will become a professional consultant and point of contact for a wide range of application systems for our departments and external providers.
  • Thanks to you, our users can rely on perfectly configured systems. In addition to the usual standards, you will also contribute to the development of individual solutions.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed on development and provision of IT systems that meet all commercial and statutory requirements and security specifications.
  • In the practical part of your training, you will encounter the areas of needs assessment and fault analysis, for example, as well as cost calculation and profitability analysis.
  • Last but not least, you will discover how to pass on your expertise in the form of training courses, adapt databases to new requirements and routinely evaluate external quotations.

Our requirements

  • Good or very good secondary school qualification and/or (technical) university entrance qualification
  • Good marks/knowledge in the areas of mathematics, physics and English
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • The right mix of initiative, prudence and social skills
  • Driving licence, class A or B

Technical professions

Are you looking for a varied start to your career in which you gain broad expertise and master exciting technical challenges? Do you treat others openly and always strike the right note as a team player? Then come and join us and start your

Training as an Industrial Plant Maintenance Mechanic (m/f/o)

Your role

  • Over the course of 3½ years, we will familiarise you with how to keep our machines and production systems operational so that our production always works perfectly from start to finish.
  • Specifically, you will produce individual components and parts, install them in technical systems and set them up perfectly – including final commissioning.
  • If faults occur in the systems, you will be able to deal with them easily – we will show you how to identify all faults accurately and restore the systems to working order.
  • Lessons at vocational college will bring you up to speed as far as materials engineering, control, regulation and information technology and technical communications are concerned.
  • The practical part of your training also offers a number of learning opportunities for you: in addition to tasks such as drilling, turning and milling, you will learn how to read and apply circuit diagrams and process and function plans correctly.
  • Last but not least, we will teach you which aspects of environmental protection and occupational safety play a central role in your professional future.

Our requirements

  • Good secondary school qualification
  • Good marks/knowledge in the areas of mathematics, physics and technology
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work

Training as an Electronics Engineer (m/f/o) for Operating Equipment

Short description

At our site in Zeven, we are looking to appoint several trainee electronics engineers for operating equipment (m/f/o) for the Plant Maintenance department with effect from 01/08/2019.

Your role

  • Over the course of 3½ years, we will familiarise you with our operating, production and process systems – from control mechanisms to energy supply and communication technology.
  • Your skills are required at a wide range of levels, including installation, maintenance and repair of our control equipment and systems.
  • You will also learn how energy and supply lines are installed and switching devices are wired – so that everything runs smoothly from start to finish.
  • Lessons at a vocational college bring you up to speed in systems analysis, installation planning, safety of operating equipment and system programming, among other things.
  • The practical part of your training also offers a number of learning opportunities for you: in addition to measurements, configuration and evaluations, we show you how to plan and organise your work effectively.
  • By the end, you will become a well-trained commissioning engineer for a wide range of building systems and equipment.

Our requirements

  • Very good secondary school qualification (high school or secondary school qualifications)
  • Good marks/knowledge in the areas of mathematics, physics and technology
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work

Training as an Industrial Plant Maintenance Mechanic (m/f/o)

Your role
 
  • Over the course of 3½ years, we will familiarise you with how to keep our machines and production systems operational so that our production always works perfectly from start to finish.
  • Specifically, you will produce individual components and parts, install them in technical systems and set them up perfectly – including final commissioning.
  • If faults occur in the systems, you will be able to deal with them easily – we will show you how to identify all faults accurately and restore the systems to working order.
  • Lessons at vocational college will bring you up to speed as far as materials engineering, control, regulation and information technology and technical communications are concerned.
  • The practical part of your training also offers a number of learning opportunities for you: in addition to tasks such as drilling, turning and milling, you will learn how to read and apply circuit diagrams and process and function plans correctly.
  • Last but not least, we will teach you which aspects of environmental protection and occupational safety play a central role in your professional future.
 
Our requirements:
 
  • Good secondary school qualification 
  • Good marks/knowledge in the areas of mathematics, physics and technology
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work

Nutrition professions

Milk is one of the most versatile foods in existence. In our apprenticeship programmes for nutrition professions, you will learn about how it is processed to a high standard of quality. Discover the details of the tasks that await you here.

Training as a Milk Technologist (m/f/o)

Short description

At our site in Zeven, we are looking to appoint several trainee milk technologists (m/f/o) for the Production department with effect from 01/08/2019.

Your role

  • Over the course of 3 years, we will show you how to prepare milk as a raw material for further production – to make butter and cheese, for example, or other products.
  • You will get to know product-specific recipes and standards, immerse yourself in the world of process control technology and learn the key areas of process monitoring.
  • Of course, you will also be involved in putting the relevant systems, machines and equipment into operation professionally and in cleaning and refitting them.
  • You will be able to deal with faults in production easily, as your training teaches you how to rectify them quickly and easily.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed in assessing and guaranteeing the quality of the milk and in producing mixed milk drinks and cheese.
  • Last but not least, the practical part of your training will bring you into contact with a wide range of statutory food regulations, environmental protection provisions and product-related packing technologies.

Our requirements

  • Very good secondary school qualification (high school or secondary school qualifications)
  • Good marks in mathematics and natural sciences: biology, chemistry, etc.
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • Willingness to work in a shift system

Training as a Milk Industry Laboratory Technician (m/f/o)

Your role

  • Over the course of 3 years, we will show you how to carry out chemical, physical and microbiological analyses of milk products – and therefore safeguard the various stages of production.
  • You will learn how to take samples, analyse them thoroughly with modern laboratory equipment and document your findings.
  • Your knowledge of monitoring, additives and packaging materials will be required, as ultimately you are responsible for consistently high quality.
  • In the area of environmental analysis, we will teach you what you need to know about the elements of water and air, how cleaning agents work in detail and why hygiene is so important.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed on how to analyse living systems in detail – you will also discover how to record data and organise manufacturing processes optimally.
  • Last but not least, in the practical part of you training you will encounter a wide range of equipment and IT systems and discover the secrets of sensory testing.

Our requirements

  • Very good secondary school qualification (high school or secondary school qualifications)
  • Good marks in mathematics and natural sciences: biology, chemistry, etc.
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • Open-minded, self-confident person with good communication skills
  • Willingness to work in a shift system

 

Training as a Food Technology Specialist (m/f/o)

Your role

  • Over the course of 3 years, we will familiarise you with everything you need to know about the mechanical production of food – from incoming raw goods to the finished, packed product.
  • You will learn how to handle raw materials and ingredients and how to move them on correctly so that everything runs smoothly in production from start to finish.
  • This includes setting up machines and systems, strict adherence to recipes and fast intervention when there are discrepancies or faults.
  • Lessons at a vocational college will bring you up to speed in packaging, preserving and quality assessment of food, system maintenance and product presentation.
  • Last but not least, the practical part of your training will introduce you to a wide range of pre-treatment processes, the area of sampling and regulations as far as hygiene and disinfection are concerned.

Our requirements

  • Very good secondary school qualification (high school or secondary school qualifications)
  • Good marks in natural sciences: biology, chemistry, etc.
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work

Training as a Confectionery Technologist (m/f/o)

Your role

  • Over the course of 3 years, we will show you the key areas of confectionery production – from goods control and mechanical pre-treatment of food through to quality testing.
  • You will learn how to process raw materials and additives in accordance with recipes, operate our production systems and get everything running again in the event of process faults.
  • Of course, taking samples, hygiene measures and maintenance and cleaning work on and in our machine park are also part of this role.
  • Lessons at the Central College of the German Confectionery Industry (ZDS) in Solingen will bring you up to speed on assessing additives and optimal storage of food products.
  • You will also cover packaging processes, which you control yourself, and the area of product development – creative ideas and presentation skills are required here.

Our requirements

  • Good secondary school qualification and technical knowledge
  • Good marks in natural sciences: biology, chemistry, etc.
  • Advantageous: Experience from voluntary or charity work
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and in a shift system

Industrial professions

The people who drive our milk collection vehicles are an important link between our farmers and the dairy company. This means that with an industrial apprenticeship, you do more than help us to ensure safe transport for the milk we use in production.

Training as a professional driver (m/f/o) - milk collection lorry

Your role:

  • In the first year, you’ll start lorry driving licence training to obtain the C/CE classes
  • Carefully and judiciously, you’ll collect milk from the farms/milk producers and transport it safely to various different dairies.
  • We’ll also train you up so you know everything you need about the associated milk yield recording system and how to carry out automated sampling.
  • The demanding training also covers many key issues concerning the milk products regulation, the infection protection law, the environment and occupational safety.

 

Our requirements:

  • Aged 17 or over
  • Good school qualification
  • Class B driving licence - already obtained (accompanied) or completed by 18 years of age
  • Willingness to work in a 2-shift system, 7 days a week
  • The physical fitness required for this job
  • Great awareness of quality and hygiene

Videos

The apprenticeships at the DMK GROUP

Video - Apprenticeship as a mechanic (m/f)
Video - Apprenticeship as a dairyman/dairywoman
Video - Apprenticeship as an electronic and mechatronic technician (m/f)
Video - Apprenticeship as a dairy lab technician (m/f)

Tips on your application

Would you like to apply for a job with us? Naturally, we’re delighted to hear it! Here are a few tips to ensure your application makes a good impression. The most important one: apply in good time. We start the selection procedure for most apprenticeship-based professions roughly a year before the training begins. Your application should reach us by then.

There are basically two ways for you to apply: either you use our online application process, or you put a file together for us and send it by post. Both approaches require a bit of preparation. You should have the following documents ready - in digital or paper form, depending on your chosen form of application.

CV

Please send us your CV in tabular form, typed or keyed. The CV should contain your personal details and document your school education and what you will be doing until you start your planned apprenticeship. If possible, it should leave no gaps. It must also be signed if you are sending it by post. For an online-application, you need your CV in digital format, preferably as a PDF.

Cover letter

The letter should be no more than one A4 page long and be individually worded. Tell us why you are applying, what you like about the profession you have chosen and why you think it is perfect for you. If you apply by post, please don‘t forget to include your return address and signature. With an online-application you have the opportunity to upload your letter as a PDF or to copy the text directly into the form.

Copies of certificates (not originals)

We need copies of your last two school reports, for those with university entrance level qualifications (Abitur) a copy of your exam certificate (it does not need to be certified). If you are attending a school of further or higher education, please also submit the leaving certificate from your first school. Please remember that these copies should be available in digital format for the online-application, preferably as PDFs.
 

Additional qualifications

Have you acquired special qualifications, attended courses, completed internships, spent some time abroad, or already gained professional experience? Then let us know. If you have meaningful certificates, assessments or the like about it, please enclose a copy or upload it with the online application.

 

 

School internship

You're not sure yet which profession to choose? A one- to three-week school internship at DMK is an easy way to get a feeling for the area you're interested in. You’ll gain some initial experience and get a close-up view of the different aspects of the job.

You can do a school internship at any time of year.

Reports

Testimonials from our trainees

Industrial clerk
IT specialist

Experience story: Manuel Karli, apprenticeship as an industrial clerk

Surname, First name: Karli, Manuel
Age: 28 years
Apprenticeship: Industrial clerk
Current position: Processing clerk in Agricultural Affairs/Membership

How long have you been working with DMK and how did you find out about the company?
I started an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk with DMK in 2010 and am now working as a processing clerk in the Agricultural Affairs department. A former apprentice who's still with the company made me think about DMK as an employer. He still works for the company. His stories about his work at DMK convinced me to apply for an apprenticeship there too.

Why do you like DMK as an employer?
DMK is growing and growing. The number of employees has almost tripled since I started here four years ago, sales and profit have increased steadily. And there's still no sign of an end to it. Or rather, we're aiming for a big goal, which is also in our vision: we want to become Europe's most successful dairy cooperative. DMK shows young people prospects for the future. People who want to go places in their jobs are developed accordingly. There are plenty of examples here of former apprentices or trainees who now occupy senior positions in the company.

What do you particularly like about DMK/what does DMK mean to you?
What I particularly like is the family atmosphere throughout the company. It's no secret that the feel-good factor has a high impact on every individual's work performance. In my opinion, DMK offers the best environmental conditions and terms of employment to be able to achieve the best possible results through high motivation across all departments. It's nice to see that you can make your own contribution to overall performance and as a result you're a small part of this very large DMK family.

What is particularly important to you in your job?
Like most of my colleagues, it's particularly important to me to enjoy my work. However, a good working atmosphere is not to be underestimated either when it comes to feeling happy in your own role. Naturally, you also have to be interested in your own duties. Then you can use the opportunities available at DMK to develop further with seminars, training courses or higher education.

What has been your best experience at DMK so far?
No question about it, the best experiences at DMK are the football matches with the company team and the Gesamtbetriebsfest, the party that's held for the whole organisation. It always gives you the chance to meet new colleagues from other sites and forge new contacts.
 

Experience story: Kevin Buch, IT specialist – applications development – Fachrichtung Anwendungsentwicklung

Surname, First name: Buch, Kevin
Age: 21 years
Current position: IT specialist – applications development

Duties: I am an IT specialist in the discipline of applications development. My main job is to develop links between SAP and other systems. In collaboration with various specialist departments, I also develop software in the ABAP programming language for the DMK GROUP.

What has been your career to date at DMK?
I did the final exams for 10 years of school education - Realschulabschluss - at KGS-Leeste. After that, I decided to attend a pre-vocational training year at a school of business and information sciences. Part of the programme was a one-month internship in a company. I did mine at Nordmilch GmbH and was asked straight out whether I could see myself training as an IT specialist in applications development. Shortly after I started my apprenticeship, in 2011, Nordmilch and Humana became DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH, Germany's largest dairy cooperative. I completed my apprenticeship successfully in July 2014 and I was very happy when DMK made me an offer to continue my professional career at the company afterwards. What I particularly enjoyed during my apprenticeship was working independently with different systems and applications, the discussions across different factories and the consultations with the user departments. But it was also super to get the opportunity to be able to work for a few weeks in our factory in Zeven and at the administrative HQ in Bremen. Going on a trip on a milk collection vehicle was a fantastic experience. That familiarises you with the entire path the milk takes – from collection to further processing. All in all, an apprenticeship as an IT specialist is very varied and you get insights into all kinds of different departments.

How did you find out about DMK?
I found out about the company from a former neighbour and from the website. I then applied for a job and passed through an entry qualification (long-term internship) with Nordmilch GmbH, as it was then.

Why do you like DMK as an employer?
There's huge variety and diversity in the work. The people you work with are always open and friendly and are happy to help you even after your apprenticeship is finished. The atmosphere is very good overall, and working with nice colleagues is a pleasure every day.

What is particularly important to you in a job at DMK?
To me, working at DMK means in particular having a secure job. That's definitely the most important thing. But the variety in the work and the good opportunities for continuing professional development in various areas are crucial, particularly with regard to your future career.

What has been your best experience at DMK so far?
It was great to find that Nordmilch, and later DMK, gave me, with my less academic school qualifications, the chance to start a very good apprenticeship as an IT specialist in applications development. I'm proud that I got a permanent job after the apprenticeship.

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