Apprentices are essential for us as an employer and have long been a high priority for our hotel and for our sister hotel Empire Riverside Hotel. It is very important to us that we pass on our knowledge and values to our junior staff. At the same time, we benefit from the unprejudiced views of the youngest generation of employees. Therefore, we want to give our young team members the best possible start in the working world.
"Only the best for our guests" - that is our aspiration. But we also want to provide only the best for our trainees.
Every year, we have the pleasure of introducing new, motivated trainees and dual students to the exciting world of the hotel industry. We are always thrilled when we notice the wide eyes and the palpitations, especially of the non-Hamburgers, when they look out over the port of Hamburg.
For most of them, the apprenticeship is not only the first step towards a career, but also the first flat of their own. In addition to the beautiful view of the harbour, the search for a flat in Hamburg can also take your breath away.
Central flats are usually hard to get hold of - in most cases you don't even get the chance to hand in an application portfolio at mass viewings, as it is made particularly difficult for young people to assert themselves against at least 50 other applicants. Flats outside Hamburg are cheaper - but not easy to reconcile with the sometimes unusual working hours in the hotel industry, as public transport in Hamburg is not available around the clock.
We take a proactive approach to challenges and don't let Hamburg's housing problem get us down.
To give our trainees a shallower start into "real life", we have decided on a very special investment: Trainee flats in the middle of St. Pauli!
We offer the flats directly to our trainees during the job interview, and they always confirm that we have made a good decision in building the flats.
The residential building is only about a 10-minute walk from our hotels, which makes the commute to work much less complicated. The flats are furnished 19m² modern 1-bedroom flats. Each is equipped with a shower room and a kitchenette with cooker, refrigerator and microwave. The furnishings place great emphasis on quality, functionality and modernity. The flats are designed in upscale neighbourhood style and invite you to feel at home. Some flats can also be used as shared flats.
The almost futuristic technology built into the flats can make other householders almost turn green with jealousy. The washing machine in the in-house washing centre can be controlled via app, as can the house and flat doors. These can be opened and closed via app. Invited visitors can also be added to this app, saving them the hassle of ringing the doorbell late at night. In addition to the app, the doors are equipped with chips, the counterpart of which only has to be in the handbag for the door to open as if by magic - practical when you have your hands full with shopping bags! It almost goes without saying that every flat has its own Wi-Fi connection, which is already included in the rent. We even thought of a bicycle cellar with an e-bike charging station.
Our trainees can also benefit from the location of our flats in their free time. It takes no more than 13 minutes to walk to the Landungsbrücken and no more than 10 minutes by public transport to Hamburg city centre.
So our trainees can live where you go on holiday.
They pay a fair rent for this, don't have to undergo any application or inspection procedures and also have the opportunity to quickly make contacts with other young professionals. This can be done easily in the communal kitchen in co-working style, the laundry centre or the snack vending machine. A bar area has also been thought of - for shared after-work drinks - complete with a large TV and a view of the neighbourhood.
The hotelmanagement is proud to offer such a unique proposition to our trainees.
Our trainees who take advantage of this offer describe their living situation as ideal, as they appreciate the short way to work and find it "very nice to live with the other trainees, as you naturally get to know each other better and it strengthens the team" - says our trainee Valerie Kothe, who, after 5 years abroad in the USA, was grateful that she was offered the flat directly in the job interview and therefore did not have to go on the difficult search. In the video below, Valerie shows us her flat and gives us a look behind the scenes.
And the next time you hear the following lines: "The lights are still on in St. Pauli" - then one of our trainees has probably just made herself comfortable at home at the end of the day.