Europe's largest shoe retailer, Deichmann, and Wortmann have been judged to be among the 445 best companies in Germany for employee training. Deichmann has a corporate policy that treats its 16,000 employees as the most important partners in the company. It offers opportunities for personal development to its staff: employees can pursue professional courses in the areas of languages, IT, etc. It was awarded four out of five stars in the areas of “training” and in “dual studies.” On top of that, Deichmann offers extra pension scheme options to its workers in addition to above-average wages. When employees face personal emergencies, the German shoe retailer offers them an easy-to-access support fund. Wortmann received a “very good” grade in the areas of “dual studies” and “training.” Its commitment to training is seen in the company's willingness to promote young talent in a sustainable manner. The company's trainees have received honors from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in the past. Philipp Röring, one of the company's alumni, came out as Germany's best IT specialist trainee in a contest, and he will soon receive commendation from the Chamber.