Company News, 2009-12-01, 09:35 AM
ThyssenKrupp Nirosta wins NRW business award for exemplary partnership with Krefeld school
ThyssenKrupp Nirosta has been awarded first prize in the competition “We want: Business for school in NRW 2009”. The competition honors companies in North Rhine-Westphalia who work with schools to support students with a migration background as they transition into vocational training and work. ThyssenKrupp Nirosta won the prize for its close cooperation with the Theodor-Heuss-Hauptschule secondary general school in Krefeld. Under the project a metal learning workshop was set up where for two years young people will have the chance to gain practical insights into the job of an industrial mechanic. In addition the school has changed its curriculum so that students can also work on the project in their German and mathematics lessons. “The learning workshop improves the prospects of school-leavers as they enter the job market,” explained Klaus-Peter Hennig, HR director ThyssenKrupp Nirosta, at the award ceremony. “This award shows that we are on the right track with our community involvement, and that this is being recognized beyond the city’s boundaries.”
The third NRW business awards, organized under the patronage of state premier Jürgen Rüttgers and supported among others by the foundation “Partner für Schule NRW”, were presented in Düsseldorf last night by schools minister Barbara Sommer and economics minister Christa Thoben. Projects were honored which support young people with a migration background and address the current challenges of integration and demographic change. The aims of the business awards are to highlight the importance of young talent from all backgrounds, draw attention to exemplary projects throughout the state and encourage other firms to emulate them. 41 companies, who had demonstrated particular responsibility with their community involvement, took part in this competition. Eleven companies were short-listed. Three main awards (depending on company size) and one honor award were presented. ThyssenKrupp Nirosta (Krefeld) won first prize in the category for companies with more than 250 employees. The learning workshop is helping ThyssenKrupp Nirosta fight the shortage of skilled workers and underlines its social responsibility to the community at the Krefeld site. For the Theodor-Heuss-Hauptschule the extra resource, combining theory and practice, enhances the standing of the school and improves the prospects of school-leavers as they start working life.