Start in die Ausbildung (Join the Workforce)
It is a fact that 2,200 young people in Hesse, Germany alone drop out of high school every year without graduating. In parallel to this, numerous apprenticeship slots continue to go unfilled. The usual reason? Young people lack the foundation and qualifications needed to get a foothold in the professional world.
We are working to fix this situation. In 2006, we launched "Start in die Ausbildung" ("Join the Workforce"), a program that prepares disadvantaged youth for jobs in industrial and technical professions. Every year, at least 20 young people are offered the chance to complete their education, explore their interests and strengths, and learn what it takes to succeed in the professional world.
The program takes eleven months. Within this time, participants complete remedial courses in German and math; they also get on-the-job experience as well as social competency training. Good performance opens up doors for participants; we place the most promising candidates in either our regular vocational training program or with another company.
"Start in die Ausbildung" has proven very successful; more than 90% of participants have gone on to start an apprenticeship either at our company or a partner company.