BLG Enjoys Successful Sector Exchange Programme in Bremen

13th December 2017

Logistics BusinessBLG Enjoys Successful Sector Exchange Programme in Bremen

Large Bremen-based businesses including BLG Logistics have taken part in a sector exchange programme.

From September until December this year, 14 employees of  Airbus, BLG Logistics and Mercedes-Benz successfully completed a cross-sector exchange. The objective was to strengthen cooperativeness, to gather new experiences in a different corporate culture and to enhance willingness to change. Called “CROSS” (Competence Rotation Over Several Sectors), the project is supported scientifically by Jacobs University and entails, besides the three months practical experience in a partner company, qualification measures and workshop days. The programme was implemented for the first time and meets the needs of the increasing digitization and networking of the automobile and aviation industry as well as in the logistics sector.

To support a successful cooperation in cross-generational teams, young as well as experienced employees were chosen for the exchange. The participants of the pilot project already had previous experience with project work and had been acknowledged within their companies for their extraordinary performance. For the work shadowing phase they were assigned to a field of application or a concrete project  in the partner company according to their competencies.

These ranged from innovation projects in the so called “Digi-Lab” at BLG Logistics to the programming of a tracking system for production equipment at Airbus and to start-up projects for new models at Mercedes-Benz. The participants used agile approaches such as ‘Design Thinking’, among other techniques.

For the project assignment the participants were exempted from the respective company and compensated as normal. “CROSS” will be extended after the pilot phase to further cooperation partners in the region, including start-up companies in the field of digitization.

Pictured are (front row from left to right): Florian Werner (Airbus), Florian Mordau (Daimler), Katrin Berger (Airbus) and project supervisor Frank Schönung (BLG) with, back row, project supervisor Maren Weidemann (BLG) and Heinrich Becker (Daimler).