University graduates with a knowledge of agriculture have the opportunity to apply for an international internship in a programme designed to identify future members of the raw materials team. Successful candidates, selected in the recruitment process, are offered 18 months of internship, of which he/she spends about 10 months in the country of residence, followed by successive two-month periods in foreign Group companies. Polish interns gain experience abroad, whereas trainees from other countries successively come to Südzucker Polska.
There were four of us in the international Südzucker Group (from Poland, Ukraine, Belgium and Austria). Each of us received detailed training in the country of residence. In my case, training took place at Wroclaw, Pszenna, and Krakow offices, and at the sugar factories in Strzelin, Świdnica, Cerekiew, Strzyżów and Ropczyce. Later, I had the opportunity to work at Agrana, Rafinerie Tirlemontois, Saint Louis Sucre and Südzucker AG. What did the training involve? What springs to my lips is ‘everything’, even though each of us had an individual schedule and responsibilities. Our main task was to get practical knowledge of the duties of our colleagues. We were here to learn as much as possible about raw materials, sugar and cultural differences in the workplace in the countries we visited. I hope, or rather I am sure, that the programme is a valuable experience not only for us, trainees, but also for the Südzucker Group as a whole, which is after all made up of people who work there.