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The IAA offers insights into options for training and jobs in the commercial vehicle industry

Berlin, 06 August 2014

Attracting young people to the industry at the 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles

The IAA Commercial Vehicles is the ideal platform for finding information about working in freight haulage, transport and logistics. So this year again numerous events will be offered to attract young people and inform them about career opportunities. There will be something for everybody from school leavers to engineers.

Upcoming truck drivers

The event “Become a Truck Driver! An Exciting Occupation, a Modern Workplace, and a Secure Job” is directed at youngsters who are about to finish school and choose a career. The sector urgently needs new recruits, because not enough young people are training to become truck drivers. The Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung (BGL, the German freight transport association) will run the event jointly with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 from 10.00 h to 12.30 h. It will provide information about how the training is organised, and options for specialising and for climbing the career ladder in transport and logistics. Professional truck drivers will give the youngsters insights into their varied day-to-day work, and the participants can then have a look at their potential future workplaces at the exhibition stands.

For more information about the event please visit the IAA website, at: /iaadata/media/programm/21/en/Program_Become_a_Truck_Driver.pdf?1405521219

Specialist event on the German Professional Driver Qualification Act

Initial and continuing training will be the focus of the IAA symposium organised by the publishers Verlag Heinrich Vogel and the VDA. The event entitled “Professional Driver Qualification: Review, status quo and foresight” will answer questions about the European Commission’s proposed amendment to Directive 2003/59/EC, on which the German Professional Driver Qualification Act (BKrFQG) is based, and with it the initial qualification and periodic training for truck drivers. Suggestions for corrections and modifications from the adhoc working group and practical experience from the first and second waves of in-service training will be presented. This specialist event will be held on 25 September 2014 from 14.00 h to 16.30 h.

More details are available online, at:

Working as a truck-driver – current and future developments

The work of long-distance truck drivers, with its social and economic setting, was the subject of the recent ZF “future study” on long-distance drivers. Building on the first “future study”, which was initiated by ZF Friedrichshafen AG and the trade magazine FERNFAHRER in 2012, it examines current and future developments in all relevant areas and their impacts on the situation of drivers. The results of the study will be presented on 30 September from 14.30 h to 16.30 h.

“goING” showcases engineering as an occupation

For eighth time now, the VDA is holding its information event “goING – young engineers for the automotive industry” at the IAA. It will take place daily from 29 September to 2 October, from 10.30 h to 14.45 h, presenting numerous national and international career opportunities for qualified engineers in the fields of vehicle technology, combustion engines and electric motors, electronics and mechanics, sensor systems and software. Engineers will describe their day-to-day work and the requirements placed on applicants. University lecturers will also be on hand to present current Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses. Then the participants can take a tour of the various corporate IAA stands to hear more about specific topics and make initial contacts with manufacturers and suppliers.

More information is available on the internet, at:

IAA workshop for students

Students already taking relevant degree courses are the target group of the lecture event entitled “workING 2014 – prospects in the automotive industry” to be held on 29 September from 09.55 h to 14.55 h. It will provide not only insights into today’s work in the automotive industry but also a forum for discussions with employees from the companies’ specialist units and personnel departments. In addition to job prospects in the automotive industry, the event will showcase various entry programmes and options for co-operation in the form of Bachelor’s and Master’s dissertations. After this a walking tour of the trade show grounds will give the students a chance to obtain more detailed information.

Details about the event are available on the internet, at:

The new career section called “job and career at IAA” in Hall 23 will be the location for manufacturers and suppliers to present themselves as attractive employers and provide information about occupations and development opportunities. Interested visitors will be able to talk with experts from the motor-vehicle trades, industry, services and sales.

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The 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles is organised by the VDA and will run from 25 September to 2 October 2014. Under the slogan “Driving the future” it will present numerous world, European and German premieres along with a large number of specialist events and special shows. Comprehensive information about the exhibition and an online registration form for the specialist events can be found on the new IAA website, at: Participation at the specialist events is free of charge for journalists.

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