ROLLS-ROYCE POWER SYSTEMS BEGINS NEW ROUND OF TRAINING FOR REFUGEES
Posted on January 30, 2018
Ten refugees now excellently integrated into the world of work: that is the pleasing outcome of the first round of entry-level training that Rolls-Royce Power Systems initiated in 2017 for refugees.
- Ten refugees to complete seven-month entry-level vocation course at MTU Friedrichshafen
- Training prepares participants for an apprenticeship
- Cooperation with other firms in the region
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY – Ten refugees now excellently integrated into the world of work: that is the pleasing outcome of the first round of entry-level training that Rolls-Royce Power Systems initiated in 2017 for refugees. Now the second round is getting underway with another group of ten refugees being given the opportunity to learn basic skills and the grasp of the language they need to qualify for an apprenticeship. The participants began at MTU Friedrichshafen, the Rolls-Royce Power Systems subsidiary, in January. “I'm delighted that this project is being continued and that another ten people who have had to flee their homelands are being given an opportunity to build their future in Germany,” said Marcus A. Wassenberg, CFO and Labour Director at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. “Preparing them for working life here and helping them improve their German provides the essential basis for successful integration,” he said.
Two days a week, the refugees learn theory at the Claude-Dornier school in Friedrichshafen. On the other three days, they are taught basic metalworking skills by an mtu instructor who was been especially released from his normal duties to mentor them. Two of the ten refugees are with MTU Friedrichshafen while the remaining eight are supported by other companies in the region. All of them will therefore have good prospects of subsequent employment or a place on an apprenticeship at their respective company. “The scheme is different this year in that the participants are being supported from the start by other companies in the region,” said Martin Stocker, head of training at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. Recruitment took place in autumn of last year, when participants could acquire brief practical experience to give them an idea of whether they and the company would be suited.
Last year was the first time that Rolls-Royce Power Systems offered an entry-level qualification course to refugees. The course ran from January to July. “They were incredibly hard-working and motivated,” said Stocker, “It was a real pleasure to teach them.” All ten of the students on last year's course subsequently found a job or a place on an apprenticeship. Two are being trained as metalworking specialists at MTU Friedrichshafen. “Their apprenticeships are working out very well, and we have gained two very capable and talented workers who are eager to learn,” said Stocker.
Watch this video to find out how the two young men are experiencing their apprenticeship at MTU Friedrichshafen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG9I-7hzoTY