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Company News, 2008-11-25, 12:00 PM

ThyssenKrupp Nirosta helps with career start: Forward-looking project “Metal learning workshop” begins at Krefeld school

The quality offensive for secondary general schools (“Hauptschulen”) launched by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia is designed to support schools in meeting growing educational challenges – challenges which school boards and schools can only master with the help of strong and responsible partners. A model partnership of this type has been created in Krefeld: ThyssenKrupp Nirosta has teamed up with the Theodor-Heuss-Hauptschule and the city of Krefeld to launch the “Metal learning workshop” – a beacon project with a unique structure which puts career orientation and preparation at the center of teaching and school life. The official presentation of the project took place at Theodor-Heuss-Hauptschule today.

With the financial support of ThyssenKrupp Nirosta, the school’s technology room was refurbished in school year 2008/2009 to allow metalwork teaching. For two years, students will have the chance to gain insights into careers in “metal” and the occupation of an industrial mechanic. They will be taught and trained by a ThyssenKrupp Nirosta vocational trainer who will visit the school one afternoon a week and work with a group of students. The school also intends to reorganize the teaching of German and mathematics to make the transition from school to working life easier.

“It’s not unusual for general-education schools to work with partners from industry, but the involvement of ThyssenKrupp Nirosta at Theodor-Heuss-Hauptschule goes far beyond the normal scope of cooperation between schools and businesses,” said Gregor Kathstede, Mayor of Krefeld, during the presentation of the project. “The fact that a company is prepared to get involved in teaching, the core business of a school, as well as making a generous donation to equip the workshop, is very unusual and deserves the utmost respect.”

“We have made it our aim to develop our employees in a systematic and targeted way so that we can continue to rank among the best in our industry in the future,” explained Klaus-Peter Hennig, HR director at ThyssenKrupp Nirosta. “We take this mission very seriously, which is why we want to begin developing young potentials even while they are still at school. We are confident that combining theory and practice will make it easier for students to make the transition from school to work.”

The partners in the workshop project are pursuing different goals: The school hopes the extra resource will improve the prospects of school-leavers entering the labor market, while for ThyssenKrupp Nirosta it represents an opportunity to help fight the shortage of skilled workers and underlines its social responsibility to the community at the Krefeld site.

“We are convinced that this cooperation can help enhance the self-esteem of our students and improve the life prospects of school-leavers,” explained Birgita Heinike, head teacher at the Theodor-Heuss-Schule. “As a leading local business and a direct neighbor ThyssenKrupp Nirosta is an important cooperation partner for us.”

Since 2007, staff from the vocational training department of ThyssenKrupp Nirosta have been visiting year-9 students and preparing them for the transition from school to work by explaining the requirements that companies today place on potential apprentices. Students from Theodor-Heuss-Hauptschule regularly take part in the student intern program run by ThyssenKrupp Nirosta, and graduates from the school regularly form part of the company’s apprentice intake.

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