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Apprenticeship Program (Germany only)

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Are you currently in the home stretch of your school career and already looking for the next challenge? Are you passionate about sports, interested in fashion and lifestyle, and eager to shape a better future? You're in the right place. Kick off your professional career with a vocational apprenticeship and diverse development opportunities at the adidas Group. Our apprenticeships provide you with recognized formal training for the following qualified positions:

Industrial Management Assistant

Location: adidas Group headquarters in Herzogenaurach

Retail Management Assistant

Location: adidas Factory Outlet in Herzogenaurach

Sales Associate

Locations: adidas Sport Performance Stores in Berlin and Hamburg; adidas Factory Outlets in Metzingen and Zweibrücken

IT Specialist in System Integration

Location: adidas Group headquarters in Herzogenaurach

Warehouse Logistics Specialist

Location: adidas Group warehouses in Scheinfeld and Uffenheim

Shoemaker

Location: adidas Group shoe manufacture in Scheinfeld

You will rotate through all the requisite departments necessary for your training at regular intervals. Supervision will be provided by means of a trainee coach who will share his/her knowledge and experience, and will always be available to respond to your questions and comments. You'll also be involved in the day-to-day running of the department and will be assigned projects for which you are responsible. You'll learn about the accompanying theory in the vocational training academy and through in-house training sessions.

The vocational apprenticeship at a glance:

Vocational apprenticeship at a glance

This combination of theory and practice lets you experience an interesting and varied traineeship, providing you with an excellent basis on which to build, so that you can make a flying start into a successful career.

Steady…

We are looking for original thinkers who share our passion for sport and the sporting goods industry — and who would relish working in an international environment. Team players, whose personality and individual performance shine through—and who are enthusiastic in their work. Apprentices who are always ready to try something new and who work well autonomously. To succeed here, you should also have:

  • A good school certificate (certificate depends on the type of apprenticeship)
  • Fluent German language skills
  • Good English language skills
  • Analytical and logical skills
  • An interest in sport, fashion, and lifestyle
  • A customer-oriented focus

A successfully completed school education provides the basis for an apprenticeship with the adidas Group. In addition, each apprenticeship has its own requirements:

Industrial Management Assistant

Secondary modern school leaving certificate or certificate qualifying for entrance to university or (technical) college

Retail Management Assistant

Secondary modern school leaving qualification or general secondary modern school leaving qualification

Sales Associate

General secondary modern school leaving qualification

IT Specialist in System Integration

Secondary modern school leaving certificate or certificate qualifying for entrance to university or (technical) college

Warehouse Logistics Specialist

General secondary modern school leaving qualification

Shoemaker

General secondary modern school leaving qualification

Go!

To get started, you'll need to complete the following:

  1. Online application
  2. Telephone interview
  3. Selection day

In your application please enclose your:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Last two school reports
  • Internship reports, if applicable

Click here to search current openings and apply online.

We look forward to receiving your application and wish you the best of luck!

Apprenticeships at the adidas Group

What apprenticeships do you offer?

We offer six Chamber of Industry and Commerce apprenticeships:

  • Industrial Management Assistant
  • Retail Management Assistant
  • Sales Associate
  • IT Specialist in System Integration
  • Warehouse Logistics Specialist
  • Shoemaker

What school qualifications do I need for each apprenticeship profession?

Industrial Management Assistant: Intermediate school-leaving certificate or advanced (vocational) school-leaving certificate

Retail Management Assistant: Intermediate school-leaving qualification or Certificate of Secondary Education

Sales Associate: Certificate of Secondary Education

IT Specialist in System Integration: Intermediate school-leaving qualification or advanced (vocational) school-leaving certificate

Warehouse Logistics Specialist: Certificate of Secondary Education

Shoemaker: Certificate of Secondary Education

Where does each apprenticeship take place?

Industrial Management Assistant
Apprenticeship location: Headquarters of adidas AG in Herzogenaurach

Retail Management Assistant
Apprenticeship location: adidas Factory Outlet in Herzogenaurach

Sales Associate
Apprenticeship location: adidas Sport Performance Stores in Berlin and Hamburg; adidas Factory Outlets in Metzingen and Zweibrücken

IT Specialist in System Integration
Apprenticeship location: Headquarters of adidas AG in Herzogenaurach

Warehouse Logistics Specialist
Apprenticeship location: adidas AG warehouses in Scheinfeld and Uffenheim

Shoemaker
Apprenticeship location: adidas AG footwear production facility in Scheinfeld

How long does each apprenticeship last?

The duration of the apprenticeship varies:

Industrial Management Assistant
The apprenticeship lasts three years. With good performance (both in the company and at the vocational college), the apprenticeship can be reduced to two and a half years.

Retail Management Assistant
The apprenticeship lasts three years. With good performance (both in the company and at the vocational college), the apprenticeship can be reduced to two and a half years.

Sales Associate
The apprenticeship lasts two years.

IT Specialist in System Integration
The apprenticeship lasts three years. With good performance (both in the company and at the vocational college), the apprenticeship can be reduced to two and a half years.

Warehouse Logistics Specialist
The apprenticeship lasts three years.

Shoemaker
The apprenticeship lasts three years.

What other prerequisites are there in addition to the relevant school-leaving qualification for an apprenticeship?

As well as good academic achievements, you should be able to demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities and strong English language skills. Enthusiasm for sport, fashion, and lifestyle are additional important requirements.

How important is my grade average?

Grades alone are not the decisive criterion when it comes to taking on apprentices. The overall profile is important to us. We would also like to learn what do you do outside school (e.g., work placements, part-time jobs, social engagement, membership in associations, etc.).

How is the apprenticeship at the adidas Group paid?

The pay for the apprenticeship is above average, and the salary increases incrementally for each year of the apprenticeship.

What are the standard working hours per week?

The working hours are 39 hours per week.

How much holiday will I have?

Your holiday entitlement is 28 days per year. Apprentices under 16 have a holiday entitlement of 30 days.

Who is responsible for me during the apprenticeship?

Throughout the whole apprenticeship period, you will be looked after by both the Human Resources department and an apprentice coach, who will provide you with support and assistance in each department.

How often do apprentices change departments during an apprenticeship?

You will pass through all the departments that are relevant for your apprenticeship profession, changing departments every three to six months.

Is it possible to go abroad during an apprenticeship?

There are no plans for apprentices to spend time abroad.

What are the chances of being permanently employed after the apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship contract is for a period of two to three years, depending on the apprenticeship profession. However, it is our aim to take on all apprentices at the end, providing they have performed well during the apprenticeship.

After the apprenticeship, will I have the opportunity to study and still remain at adidas in some form?

We are pleased when former apprentices wish to gain further qualifications and are happy to remain in contact while apprentices are studying. However, we cannot guarantee an entry-level position when they have finished their studies.

After the apprenticeship, is it possible to train further at adidas internally?

We will be happy to advise you about this individually, so that we can take your interests and expectations into account.

Your application

How and where can I apply?

Apprenticeship openings are advertised annually in April on the adidas Group website. We only accept applications made via the online portal. We don't accept applications send by post or email.

Important: We recruit one year in advance!

Can I apply speculatively or only for openings posted?

All positions that we have are posted online. We do not have any other vacancies to fill. It is therefore not possible to make a speculative application.

What should my application include?

Your application consists of a cover letter, your CV, and your current school report. If you have them, please also send work experience references/confirmation.

What information should I include in my cover letter?

In your cover letter, you should answer three questions:

  1. Why you?
  2. Why the adidas Group?
  3. Why the apprenticeship profession you are applying for?

How many pages should a cover letter contain?

Use one page to sell us on yourself!

To whom should I address my application?

  • adidas AG
  • Group HR - Future Talent Programs

Please begin your cover letter with "Dear Sir/Madam."

How will I know whether I have successfully submitted my application?

You will automatically receive an acknowledgement of receipt confirming that you have submitted your application successfully.

Can I apply for several openings at the same time?

You may apply for up to two openings, but a common thread should be identifiable.

When will I receive a reply to my application?

The first response you receive will be a confirmation of receipt as soon as we have received your application documents. We begin the final selection once the application deadline has passed.

Approximately how many apprentices are taken on each year?

The number of positions is dependent upon the quality of the applicants.

Will I be offered help to find accommodation if I come from a long distance away?

We will of course be happy to help you find accommodation.

The application process

How does the application process work?

Our application process consists of three stages:

  • Application
  • Telephone interview
  • Recruitment day

What is the format of a standard telephone interview to become an apprentice at the adidas Group?

In the telephone interview, we would like to get to know you better and to learn more about you and your motivation for applying.

Approximately how long does the interview last?

The interview lasts from 10 to 15 minutes.

How many people take part in the interview?

The interview is between you and the relevant member of staff from the Human Resources department.

Is the conversation recorded?

No recording is made of the conversation.

How should I prepare?

You should of course be familiar with your application documents and have done some research in advance about the adidas Group and the position you for which you are applying.

Is there a part in English?

The telephone interview for an apprenticeship does not include a part in English.

When will I receive a reply about the interview?

You will hear form us as soon as we have interviewed all the potential candidates, usually within one to two weeks after the telephone interview.

If I am not successful, will I receive feedback?

You will receive a reply from us whatever the outcome. Please understand that we are unable to provide individual feedback.

After a successful telephone interview is there another interview in person?

After a successful telephone interview, we will invite you to a one-day recruitment experience at our company headquarters in Herzogenaurach.

Are travel costs reimbursed?

The travelling expenses are met by the adidas Group.

What is the dress code?

We do not specify any particular dress code. It is important to us that you feel comfortable!

How long does the recruitment day last?

You should allow for one full day. If you are fortunate enough to be invited you will receive further information nearer the time.

What can I expect at the recruitment day?

You will be invited for a face-to-face interview the adidas Group headquarters, where you will get the opportunity to present yourself to a selected group of our employees.

How should I prepare?

Before the recruitment day, you should find out about the adidas Group and you should be able to convince us that you are the right candidate for an apprentice position at the adidas Group.

How can I contact you if I have any questions that are not answered here?

Via e-mail at: Ausbildung@adidas-group.com