A varied training programme awaits the future inland boatmen. The young people on board get to know all facets of passenger shipping. This includes docking and casting off, deck care, maintenance work and contact with guests. The training takes three years. It is based on a dual education system. The practical element is taught on board the KD ships, the theory is taught in block lessons at the Schiffer-Berufskolleg “Rhein” (vocational college for boat operators) in Duisburg. “We offer three new apprenticeship training positions every year”, says Markus Schwartz. As Managing Director of KD Europe, he is responsible for the Nautical & Engineering divisions.