“Recruiting Countdown” kicks off at BER

The countdown starts with the Non-Aviation sector / First of three Career Fairs takes place in the airportworld

Berlin Airports and the Agentur für Arbeit Potsdam (Potsdam’s municipal employment agency) today fired the starting shot for the “Recruiting Countdown” which runs from now until the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens on 3 June 2012.

Edelgard Woythe, Chair of the Management Board of Agentur für Arbeit Potsdam: “The demand for jobs is gradually picking up speed. There is a particularly great demand in the so-called Non-Aviation sector, which includes retail, food services, hotel services, passenger transport and the call centre industry. We are presently doing everything we can to keep pace with the demand and give employers the best possible starting position. Today’s Careers Fair is an important step to achieving this. At the careers fair “222 Days Until BER Opens” at the airportworld, the 20 exhibitors are presenting over 400 vacancies in the Non-Aviation sector.”

Prof. Dr. Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Airports: “Today we are firing the starting shot for BER Recruiting. Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt will have 20,000 employees, making it the region’s biggest workplace. Tens of thousands of additional jobs all depend on the airport. All of these facts go to show what a stroke of good luck the new airport is for our region. Today’s Careers Fair demonstrates that there is an enormous interest in the new airport. The event has attracted many people from Berlin and Brandenburg interested in jobs at the airport as well as the companies who will be located at the new airport. The latter presented themselves today and are actively recruiting employees for BER. The number of retail, food services and service employees alone is set to take a giant leap from just under 800 in Tegel and Schoenefeld at present to around 1,500 at BER.”

Caroline Kaiser, Regional Manager North and East Germany McDonald’s: “We are greatly looking forward to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, and are presently seeking 180 employees to help us ensure that guests at our McDonald’s restaurants at the new airport experience the same excellent and friendly service they get in our almost 1400 restaurants across Germany. Opening two restaurants and the long opening hours required because of the special location are a dual challenge that demands team skills, a commitment to service and a great deal of passion.”

Gunnar Heinemann, owner of the Gebr. Heinemann Group: “We are seeking 120 new employees who enjoy dealing with people from all around the world on a day-to-day basis. Our new brand image ‘Heinemann Duty Free’ is an expression of our commitment to offering even better service, more surprises and customised offerings and services for our international customers. Our employees must harmonise with our company and appreciate our values. A willingness to contribute to a trusting, friendly atmosphere of collegiality is just as important as dependability and an outgoing personality. We view our employees as ambassadors of the ‘Heinemann Duty Free’ brand, and it is their daily mission to turn travellers into customers of our stores!”

Exhibitors at the Careers Fair on 1 November included Starbucks Coffee Deutschland GmbH, McDonald’s Deutschland Inc., Sixt GmbH & Co. Autovermietung KG, Gebrüder Heinemann, Kaiser’s Tengelmann GmbH, Holiday Inn, Lufthansa Global Tele Sales GmbH, Massimo Dutti Deutschland GmbH, Die kleine Gesellschaft, HDS Retail Deutschland GmbH, Witty’s Organic GmbH. All exhibitors, their vacant positions and the requirements profiles can be accessed online at: www.arbeitsagentur.de/potsdam (events at the fair)

Spokesman Lars Wagner

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