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Initiative against youth unemployment Bosch: Young Spaniards to begin apprenticeships in Germany

  • Commitment to occupational training kick-starts careers
  • Director of industrial relations: “Each apprenticeship helps young people”
  • Bosch associates become mentors for apprentices
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Stuttgart – 50 young adults from Spain are to start out on vocational training courses at Bosch in Germany. In providing this training, the supplier of technology and services wants to help tackle the high rate of youth unemployment in southern Europe. As part of a training initiative, Bosch is offering a total of some 100 additional apprenticeships, half of them in Germany and another 50 in Italy, Portugal, and Spain. At a kick-off meeting at company headquarters in Gerlingen near Stuttgart, the 50 young Spaniards mentioned above were able to get to know their future supervisors. Afterwards, they found out more about the technical vocational training they will be receiving at locations throughout the greater Stuttgart area. By way of preparation for their apprenticeships, which start in September, the young people will begin an internship at Bosch in June. Late last year, Bosch set aside some 7.5 million euros in funding for the initiative.

Apprenticeships as an antidote to youth unemployment
“We believe our many years of experience in training young people can help tackle youth unemployment in southern Europe,” said Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH, during the reception for the new apprentices at company headquarters. “Recognized vocational training programs improve many young people’s employment chances. Without sound qualifications, starting a career can be very difficult.” Kübel hopes that as many companies in Germany as possible will offer apprenticeships to young people from the affected regions. As he points out, each new place is a ray of hope for young people.

Apprenticeships in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg
The young southern Europeans will learn their future occupations at 16 locations throughout Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. In under three and a half years they will earn their Chamber of Commerce-recognized qualification as industrial mechanics, cutting machine operators, equipment operators, or mechatronics engineers. “It’s easier to get the ball rolling quickly for this initiative by doing the training in Germany, because we can use existing facilities, equipment, and trainers,” says Siegfried Czock, who is responsible for occupational and vocational training at Bosch in Germany. Only six months will have elapsed between the first interviews in Spain and the beginning of the internship in Germany. “I see my apprenticeship as a real opportunity,” says Didac Fernández Ramos, who wants to be an industrial mechanic. The 20-year-old comes from Barcelona, a large Spanish city with high youth unemployment. He will be based at Bosch in Blaichach for the course of his apprenticeship.

Intercultural supervision eases integration
As preparation for the three-and-a-half years ahead, the future apprentices will spend June and July of this year as interns at Bosch. The language tuition they have already received in advance will help them to quickly adapt to German language and culture. “This will help these young people to integrate. This training in a foreign country is a completely new phase in their lives,” adds Astrid Lommek from BBQ Berufliche Bildung gGmbH, the educational provider supervising the project. BBQ will also be assisting the young people in their search for accommodation, during visits to banks and local authorities, and in other everyday situations. “This apprenticeship will help me to become more independent,” says Laura Revuelta López, a 20-year-old from San Fernando de Henares, near Madrid. She will be an apprentice industrial mechanic in Nuremberg. “But it’s also a relief to know that I won’t be left to figure things out all alone in a foreign country.” By acting as personal mentors for their new colleagues at the various apprenticeship locations, Bosch associates themselves will help integrate the young Spaniards into life both inside and outside the company.

International training expertise
In offering vocational training for the young Spaniards in Germany, Bosch can draw on more than 100 years of experience. During that time, more than 100,000 young people worldwide have completed apprenticeships at Bosch. Moreover, to give its apprentices experience of different methods of working in other countries, the company has been running an international apprentice exchange program for more than 50 years now. “The Spanish apprentices will begin gathering experience in a foreign culture from day one,” Czock says. “That’s something they will benefit from throughout their careers.”

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Background information:
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  Five questions for Siegfried Czock

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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