BRINGING SCHOOLS AND COMPANIES TOGETHER: VOCATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHERS AT THE WBZ
During a visit by East Hesse Employers’ Association’s School/Business Working Group for Fulda, vocational school teachers and employment agency experts were able to see for themselves at WBZ – Weiterbildung mit Zukunft GmbH, an R+S Group company in Fulda – the wide range of opportunities for training and further education available within the Group.
Bringing schools and companies together to ensure the smoothest possible transition to working life is the group’s aim. To this end, teachers from the region also visit companies to gain a better impression of the local vocational training. Denise Otto, personnel officer for further training, and Edgar Mihm from the training department at the R+S Group gave an overview of the career opportunities in the company, as well as how they make the mental transition from school to working life as easy as possible: “The world does not revolve around us, we revolve around the world. Customer orientation is the be-all and end-all for our employees, which is why it is important to find the training path that best matches their own preferences and interests. Our goal is to take on all of our trainees,” explained Mihm.
300 trainees start every year at all R+S Group sites. Eight training-led careers and two dual study courses offer a broad spectrum of work options: from ‘power workers’, electronics technicians for energy and building technology to warehouse logistics specialists and office management clerks, everyone needs different skills to ensure that major projects such as Engelbert Strauss’s CI Factory or the INO Centre at the Fulda Clinic, in which the R+S Group is involved, can be handled smoothly. In the company’s own training workshop, an analysis of an individual’s potential is first carried out in order to be able to assess which areas require special support. Transparent organisational structures allow further training from fitter to chief fitter to site manager, all the way up to project manager. After the presentation in the training workshop, vocational schoolteachers and experts from the employment agency were able to see for themselves the practical focus of the training.