A total of 980 youngsters will begin their apprenticeship with thyssenkrupp between now and September 1. “Whether in commercial or technical occupations, the dual vocational training system is and will be an excellent career springboard. We’re delighted that we’ve again been able to recruit so many young people for thyssenkrupp,” said Oliver Burkhard, CHRO of thyssenkrupp AG. thyssenkrupp currently has over 3,100 apprentices in over 50 different apprenticeship occupations throughout Germany. Topping the list of the most popular apprenticeships this year is once again industrial mechanic, followed by mechatronic engineer and industrial electronics technician. “At thyssenkrupp we highly value the quality of our dual vocational training. The Group Works Council is taking a stand for that each and every day, which is a huge benefit for our young colleagues,” said Wilhelm Segerath, Chairman of the thyssenkrupp AG Group Works Council. In 30 apprentice training shops and 51 works schools, the apprentices have the support of 139 full-time trainers. At currently 5.1 percent the apprenticeship training rate is down slightly from last year (5.4 percent), but has been steady for years. Most of the apprenticeship places continue to be in North Rhine-Westphalia, where over 60 percent of the Group’s apprentices complete their generally 3-year programs.
Over 40 refugees start apprenticeships at thyssenkrupp
Under the “we.help” refugee program, over 40 refugees will also be starting apprenticeships at thyssenkrupp this fall. Launched in September 2015 by thyssenkrupp and the AG Group Works Council, the program will provide 150 additional apprenticeship places and 230 additional internships up to and including 2017. Over half of the almost 400 contracts have already been signed, including the 40+ apprenticeship contracts for this year’s intake. Nearly all refugees starting their training with thyssenkrupp secured their places by completing an internship and gaining entry-level vocational qualifications. As part of their apprenticeship training, refugees will be offered advanced German courses at thyssenkrupp. “The principle of we.help works. So we’re confident that we’ll achieve our target of 150 additional apprenticeship contracts by the end of 2017. Access to the labor market is extremely important for anyone wishing to stay in Germany permanently. For young refugees in particular, the opportunity to demonstrate their skills is key,” said Burkhard.