Corporate Trainee Program

Our Corporate Trainee Program: Create (y)our future.

Are you bursting with entrepreneurial spirit, eager to take on challenges and join the team of a global player in the premier league? Our Corporate Training Program prepares people like you for their first responsible position at thyssenkrupp. That’s the aim of our program, "Create (y)our future": We attract talented people looking to shape their own futures and ours, too.

The Program

Learning. Practicing. Pioneering. That’s what our trainee program is all about. With our full support and your full commitment, you’ll be ready for your first responsible position in just 12 to 18 months. You’ll begin by spending several months in the same organization as your target position, followed by rotating through five separate departments or locations. Among them, you’ll spend time in our holding company and one of our foreign subsidiaries. This time abroad will give you the opportunity to improve your language abilities and strengthen your intercultural skills. During your short period as an expatriate, you’ll become part of international networks and experience the cultural diversity of thyssenkrupp. After another station back home, you’ll return to your target organization.

The Development Program

Awaiting you is a comprehensive development program custom-tailored to the Corporate Trainee Program. You’ll also get to know the thyssenkrupp Group. At the start of the program, we’ll put together a personal trainee plan. Your plan shows which stations you’ll attend when and for how long, and explains the learning contents and objectives of each station.

It also informs you who your personal contact partner in the target company and your advisor in the Corporate Center Human Resources (CC HR) are, as they will be there to answer any questions about the program. We have implemented four development models, each designed to facilitate your personal development and help you gain insight into many different aspects of the business. On-going screening during the program will also help you stay abreast of how well your personal development is coming along. 



Though you consistently benefit from the knowledge and abilities of experienced professionals throughout your entire training program, your official entry into our mentoring program actually takes place three months before the end of the training program: Your mentor will help you consider various career possibilities in Germany and abroad, and contemplate which path you would like to take in the future. Your personal mentor also assists you with your integration into the group, your personal development, and career planning. The mentoring program covers a period of 24 months, after which the next step begins: At the recommendation of your mentor and your supervisor, you can take part in another development program designed to prepare you for the next higher level of responsibility.

Your Prospects

After clearing all the hurdles and successfully completing the Group trainee program you will arrive at your first destination. But that’s just the start. You’re ambitious, and ready to take on new adventures and challenges. Our shared goal is to get you ready for your first leadership role.

That’s why we continue to support you with our mentoring program. Your systematic development continues seamlessly after you complete the trainee program. But of course there are also lots of other options open to you. It’s up to you! You’re thinking of moving to a different area in 2 or 3 years?

You’d like to be a team leader abroad? Go ahead! No matter how high and how far you want to go – if you have what it takes, we’ll help you achieve your goal.

Get on board

With our onboarding, which is part of the trainee program, you will set sail on the business sea on your very first day: We will send you to introduction seminars, let you and the other trainees grow both as individuals and as part of a group while you work on exciting tasks, and make sure that your questions find the right answers. A fixed contact person in your team will introduce you to all the things that are important both for your daily work and for you personally, because solidarity and collegiality are greatly valued here at thyssenkrupp. An onboarding seminar lasting several days will be a particular highlight of your training period. In the seminar you will learn how you can develop in the thyssenkrupp Group in a way that matches your own goals and strengths.

Do you want first-hand accounts from our trainees about what makes working at thyssenkrupp so special and what “onboarding” involves? If so, then read Katrin Heidel's and Paul Glaser's trainee reports and find out more about life inside one of the world’s biggest technology groups.

Doesn’t this sound really interesting? Start your career with us on the right foot as a trainee: