Personnel development

HHLA invested a total of € 5.0 million in educating and training staff at its locations in Hamburg in 2021 (previous year: € 5.3 million).

As of 31 December 2021, 54 apprentices and 28 students were receiving training in Germany in ten different professions and seven dual study courses. 28.1 % of the 82 apprentices and students were female. The ratio of female students in 2021 was 39.3 % (previous year: 33.3 %). At the container in Estonia, eight young apprentices (six industrial and two commercial) also completed internships as part of their vocational school education during the reporting period.

All 15 apprentices who successfully completed their training in the course of the year were given permanent contracts. A total of 21 new apprentices were taken on at the company’s Hamburg facilities in 2021, of whom 33.3 % were women. At the start of the 2021 academic year, women accounted for 25.0 % of commercial apprentices, 33.3 % of industrial apprentices and in dual training 57.1 %.

In total, 642 events lasting one or more days were held in the reporting period, some of which were held digitally as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Of the training and education measures offered, 490 were carried out as internal vocational courses conducted by HHLA’s own trainers over 2,322 training days. In addition, 152 events lasting one or more days with over 1,654 participant days were organised as part of the company’s cross-segment seminar programme. Of the participants, 38.6 % were women.

Detailed workforce-related information on strategic HR management, staff development, occupational safety and health promotion, as well as contracts, remuneration and additional benefits can be found in the Sustainability/society/working world section of the Annual Report.


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