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Company News, 2011-04-13, 03:28 PM

Girls’ Day: Doors open to talented young women 73 schoolgirls visit ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe

What do engineering careers need to offer to make them attractive to girls? Why do young women often find it difficult to get excited about working in technology? These are just some of the questions being addressed at an event to be held tomorrow (April 14) at Germany’s biggest steel producer ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG in connection with Germany’s national Girls’ Day.

Metal processing and information technology

A total of 73 schoolgirls aged between 10 and 17 – 24 in Duisburg, 20 in Bochum, nine in Dortmund and 20 in Siegerland – will gain an insight into modern-day apprenticeships and forward-looking careers in technology. In the company’s modern training centers they will find out about the wide range of apprenticeships available. After touring the premises and learning a little theory, they will gain some hands-on experience: Under the guidance of trainers and apprentices, they will be divided into small groups to learn for example how to create their own website. They will also learn how to file, braze, use a screwdriver and take measurements. As part of these exercises they will make small items such as metal roses, key rings or bottle openers which they will then be able to take home with them.

Technology is for girls too

The aim of the practical exercises is to show the girls – in Duisburg they are mostly students at the company’s partner schools Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium, St.-Hildegardis-Gymnasium and Steinbart-Gymnasium – that technology is not just for boys but is accessible to them too. Taking care of the young visitors on Girls’ Day are not only the male apprentices but also their female colleagues who additionally act as ambassadors: They are living proof that technology is for girls too. The Girls’ Day event will close with a feedback session in which the schoolgirls can discuss their experience amongst themselves and with the organizers.

New program item: Shadowing dad at work

A new item on the Girls’ Day program at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe is the “Going to work campaign”: Interested schoolgirls whose fathers work in the Energy/Plant Management area can spend a day shadowing their fathers at work – and asking questions and putting forward their ideas is not just allowed, it is required!

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