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Mar 31, 2017
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – Ten refugees are currently taking part in a 7-month preparatory course at MTU Friedrichshafen, the Rolls-Royce Power Systems subsidiary. Two will then be selected to commence an apprenticeship at MTU in the autumn. For their eight classmates, says Marcus A. Wassenberg, Labour Director and member of the board responsible for HR, the chances of securing an apprenticeship place at another company will have substantially improved for them: “We are the first major company in the region to make a decisive contribution to helping people who have been forced to leave their homeland to integrate into our labour market.” The project is being supported by the Constance-Ravensburg Employment Agency and the Lake Constance district authority.
The young men firstly receive basic training in metalworking, provided by a trainer who has been specially released from his routine duties in order to give them further support and mentoring in coming to grips with everyday life. During their course at MTU, the upcoming apprentices also attend the local vocational college in Friedrichshafen, where they receive special tuition in German on top of their technical training.
“I'm delighted to be able to offer these young people a chance like this. And I'm very proud of the commitment shown by our training staff and of our constructive partnership with the Constance-Ravensburg employment agency and the regional authority. This initiative shows that Rolls-Royce Power Systems is very aware of its social responsibilities in the region,” said Wassenberg.
Dr Carolin Bischoff, director of the Lake Constance-Upper Swabia regional section of Employers' Association Südwestmetall, also said, “It shows the commitment of local businesses to integrating refugees into the labour market, and it gives these ten young people a valuable opportunity to qualify themselves for the market by acquiring practical skills and improving their language proficiency.”
The post-apprenticeship period is also being catered for, with an event being planned in cooperation with the Constance-Ravensburg Employment Agency. Here, newly qualified apprentices will be able to specifically apply for positions at companies in the region. Jutta Driesch, who chairs the management board at the Constance-Ravensburg Employment Agency said: “On the one hand, our aim on this project is to make sure that training is made basically available to young people. On the other, we want to support local businesses in their integration efforts. And looking to the future, this makes a contribution to securing our skilled labour base.”
The ten refugees come from Afghanistan, the Gambia, the Lebanon, Nigeria and Syria. They have settled in well among their fellow apprentices, and have now made great progress in overcoming the language barrier. Martin Stocker, head of training at MTU Friedrichshafen, gave a very positive summary: “You can tell how important it is to these lads to be able to demonstrate their capabilities, and that is actually very motivating for me and my trainers”.
Pictured the ten refugees who started their preparatory course at MTU in January 2017. (From left to right: Abbas Ayoubi, Hassan Osman, Akram Awad, John Solomon, Fadi Abdulkader, Matthias Mecking (trainer), Zaher Shalabi, Adnan Bittar, Elyas Ahmadzai, Abdalmnan Kojr, Sheriffo Bojang).Image Download (jpg, 1 MB)
Zaher Shalabi is another one of the ten young men who are taking the special access qualification course at MTU Friedrichshafen. In addition to technical abilities, also important are a good command of the German language and interpersonal skills. At the end of the seven months, two of the ten students will be offered an apprenticeship in metalworking at the company, while the others will receive support from the Federal Employment Agency for Constance-Ravensburg to help them find a placement at another company in the region.Image Download (jpg, 966 KB)
The entry-level vocational course that MTU Friedrichshafen is offering ten refugees as preparation for an apprenticeship lasts seven months. Pictured is Abdalmnan Kojr who began the course in January along with his colleagues. Having completed the course, two of the aspiring mechanics will be offered a place on an MTU apprenticeship in metalworking.Image Download (jpg, 983 KB)