At DB Long Distance, DB Regio and DB Cargo alike, our young talents are taking a strong stand for the environment and coming up with clever ideas for a green future. With the "Eco-aware trainees" program, we are taking a step beyond our original training plan and raising awareness of sustainability and the environment among our junior DB employees during their training.
A thinktank for more environmental protection
In the "Eco-aware trainees" program at DB Long Distance our vocational trainees develop green ideas in all years of their apprenticeships on how we can make our daily work even more environmentally friendly.
The projects implemented are diverse. At the Berlin-Rummelsburg site, for example, the vocational trainees built an insect hotel and planted a wildflower meadow. In other projects, e-bike charging stations were developed and ideas were drawn up on how to use less plastic in the on-board bistros. A total of around 650 vocational trainees across Germany have taken part in the program so far.
Green training for DB Regio trainees
At DB Regio, too, our vocational trainees have been able to implement their creative ideas for developing environmental projects since October 2022. In the dedicated "Eco-aware Regio trainees" program, we reinforce their enthusiasm for environmental protection from the first year of their apprenticeship. In joint projects, our trainees can make the set-up and processes of their own workplace even more eco-friendly and thus actively contribute to DB's green transformation.
With this in mind, trainees in Saarbrücken turned an old freight wagon into an insect hotel. Welding, drilling and hammering, they worked on this for two days. The mobile hotel is now stationed in front of the maintenance plant and is a welcome nesting place for all sorts of different species.