DFDS cargo logistics on the sea

Trainee Programme

Do you want to kick-start your career within shipping and logistics? And do you want to get practical, hands-on experience combined with a tailor-made, formal education?



Move into shipping & logistics

Trainees in DFDS are open, flexible, curious, fearless, independent and responsible. You must be eager to learn and unafraid to jump right in, roll up your sleeves, take chances when you see them, and be ready to step out of your comfort zone.

Our trainee programme is for women and men from all over Europe, who have a fresh bachelor's degree or are on track to complete their bachelor's in 2018. We are looking for candidates with degrees in economics, maritime studies, logistics or commerce, but will consider related fields. You must be fluent in English. We prefer candidates that have already lived or studied abroad.

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You will learn both shipping and logistics from the ground up, which will give you a unique skill set compared to other trainee programmes, which often focus on just one or the other. On-the-job training will be accompanied by a formal education provided by the Danish Shipowners’ Association. It consists of eLearning and three course modules of six to ten days’ duration in Copenhagen. Here you will meet trainees from other companies and from all over the world. A perfect chance to start building a strong network within the industry.

DFDS trainee 2017

Move your boundaries

As a Shipping & Logistics trainee in DFDS, you will join a two-year programme where you will experience two different positions - one in logistics and one in shipping. We will trust you with real responsibilities that will develop your skills gradually – and we can assure you that the experience will also help you grow as a person. Join our team of trainees and move your boundaries.

Move abroad

You will be part of a successful international company with more than 7,000 colleagues all over Europe. During the course of the programme, you will live and work in two different European cities. You will experience different working cultures and get a chance to perfect your language skills - and ultimately open the door to an international career.


DFDS trainee in the terminal

Move forward from day one

You will be trusted with real responsibilities from day one because this is the best way to learn. As a shipping & logistics trainee, you will be interacting with global customers, suppliers, and other service providers in the industry and you will work on an equal footing with your colleagues.

Your duties will include assisting with shipping paperwork, handling losses and insurance claims, informing customers of schedules and freight rates, general cargo booking, as well as a variety of administrative tasks.

Why choose DFDS?

As a trainee, you will immediately be a part of the DFDS culture – we have a dynamic and fun working environment with a flat organisational structure that's both informal and diverse. Even though many of your colleagues are individual specialists in their area, we believe in growing together and giving everyone the opportunity to shine. Taking responsibility for valuable cargo or for passengers’ safety at sea are just a couple of examples where commitment among team members is crucial every day.

As a trainee, you get a chance to contribute fully as a team member and immerse yourself in the DFDS culture. Sometimes that means gathering around to celebrate a colleague's birthday with afternoon cake, but it always means being part of a team that genuinely enjoys working together.

Frequently asked questions

1. What are the possible locations I could be placed in during the two years?

The locations change from year to year – but some of the possible locations are Immingham (UK), Grimsby (UK), Belfast (UK), Peterborough (UK), Vlaardingen (NL), Kiel (DE), Klaipeda (LT), Gothenburg (SE), Fredericia (DK) and Ghent (BE).

2. What would a normal day look like?

This will vary from location to location. But, you will always be part of the daily operations. This might include:

  • Communicating with clients if there are delays/problems with their transport order
  • Creating orders in the system
  • Booking all the trucks on the required ship
  • For some specific and important clients, monitoring that our trucks are on time and making sure we ensure a high level of service quality
  • 3. The recruitment process

    The closing date for applications is March 30, 2018. We will get back to you after the deadline. If you are chosen in the first round, the first interview will take place via Skype/phone in April. You will be contacted to arrange a convenient time. Candidates from round one will be invited to Copenhagen for a face-to-face interview – this will take place at the beginning of May. The trainee programme formally begins on 1 September.

    Trainee application timeline

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4. The formal Education at the Danish Shipowners Association

The education will consist of webinars (approx. every second week) and classroom training in Copenhagen in September and May (approx. one week each time). The modules are:

  • Maritime law/Economics

  • Ship Knowledge

  • Cultural awareness/Business relations

  • Communication

  • Negotiation

  • Risk Management

  • Bunkering

  • 5. Is this a paid trainee programme?

    Yes, we offer a competitive salary that will be regulated according to the cost of living in the specific country where you are placed. DFDS also will pay two home trips (within Europe) per year and also help to find accommodation and cover a large portion of your monthly rent.

    6. What happens when I have completed the trainee programme?

    Hopefully, you will have learned a lot and are ready to take on a permanent position within DFDS. There are no guarantees for a permanent position, as this will depend on your performance during the two years. So far, 12 out of 16 graduating trainees have been employed.

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