Is the idea of working in an international environment just as exciting as that of dealing with the colorful world of chemistry on a daily basis? Then you’ve come to the right place. Start your professional future with us!
Thanks to our many years of experience, you will receive sound training with us, during which you will be able to take on responsibility at an early stage and grow through challenging tasks. You will be supervised closely by our employees and be able to share experiences with other apprentices. At our headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, we offer two integrated professional training programs and one integrated degree program.
Wholesale and Export Agent, specializing in foreign trade
This apprenticeship lasts 2.5 to 3 years. The requirement for admission is “Fachhochschulreife” (advanced technical college entrance qualification) or “Abitur” (high school graduation certificate). In the course of this training, you will gain comprehensive insight into the exciting work in our sales and administrative departments. In our sales departments, you will come into contact with our international suppliers and customers, purchase raw materials, create offers, process and schedule sales orders, prepare quotations, communicate with our international subsidiary companies and handle your first projects.
You can also find out where Coke gets its color from, how lipstick gets its shine and why an adhesive sticks. Twice a week, you will attend the “Am Lämmermarkt” vocational school. The theoretical portion of the apprenticeship is accompanied by internal training courses in our company. We also offer you the opportunity to spend several weeks abroad in one of our European subsidiaries.
Bachelor of Business Administration
This integrated degree program lasts 3.5 years. The requirements for admission are an “Abitur” (high school graduation certificate) and a good knowledge of English. Like the apprentices in our integrated professional training program, you will work three days a week in our sales and administrative departments to learn the ins and outs of the distribution business. Two days a week, you will attend regular theory classes at the institute for foreign trade (Institut für Außenhandel) of the “Am Lämmermarkt” vocational school. You will also attend evening classes there once a week. In addition, you will be enrolled in the NOVI B.V. (a Dutch partner university of the institute) from the beginning of your training and attend supplementary weekend events at the NOVI in Hamburg.
In the 6th and 7th semesters, these events will take place at the NOVI B.V. in Utrecht. The theoretical training will wrap up with a two-week course (“Export and Foreign Trade”) in London. Like the apprentices in our integrated professional training program, you will also have the opportunity to spend several weeks abroad in one of our European subsidiaries. The advantage of this program is that you earn three qualifications in 3.5 years:
Graduate in Wholesale and Export Agent,
Graduate in foreign trade, and
Bachelor of Business Administration.
IT specialist, specializing in systems integration
This apprenticeship lasts 3 years. The requirement for admission is “Fachhochschulreife” (advanced technical college entrance qualification) or “Abitur” (high school graduation certificate). As part of our IT department team, you will be involved in the planning, installation and operation of IT systems across Europe.
You will supervise our domestic and international users and become familiar with various tasks across the entire IT environment, in addition to completing project-based work. You will attend vocational lessons in the form of a block instructional course at the ITECH vocational school in Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg. The theoretical part of the apprenticeship is supplemented with internal training courses held at our company.
The training structure at Nordmann
During the 2.5-year business apprenticeship and the 3.5-year integrated degree program, you will have the opportunity to work in most of the following business units and departments:
Industry team, “Life Sciences”: 6 months
Industry team, “Coatings & Construction”: 6 months
Industry team, “Plastics & Additives”: 6 months
Industry team, “Elastomers & Additives”: 6 months
Logistics & Warehousing: 3–4 months
Finance: 1 month
Quality & Safety Management: 2–3 months
Post Office & Facility Management, Reception: 1 month
Marketing & Communications: 2-3 months
What can I expect at the vocational school and the institute for foreign trade?
You can find more information on your theoretical training here: