Press release #Working at Bosch

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Southern Europe apprenticeship initiative a success

  • Thirty graduates decide to start working for Bosch right away
  • Successful integration through intercultural support and language courses
  • Christoph Kübel, Bosch director of industrial relations: “Accredited vocational training improves employment opportunities”
  • “Prepare for the future” – educational project for school and university students in Italy and Spain

Stuttgart, Germany – The brand-new mechatronics engineers Marc del Arco Jassans and Juan Manual Cañadas Torres proudly hold their IHK certificates in their hands. After three years in Germany, they have finally succeeded. They are two of 38 young men and women from Spain who have successfully completed their apprenticeships at Bosch in Germany. In 2013, Bosch launched the southern Europe apprenticeship initiative to help combat high youth unemployment in the region by making additional apprenticeships available. “Accredited vocational training improves employment opportunities for many young men and women. Without sound qualifications, it’s difficult to launch a career,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations. “We have all been inspired by the great personal commitment demonstrated by these young people from Spain.” Thirty of the former apprentices have decided to begin working for Bosch in Germany or Spain, while eight have decided to study or return home.
“Because we’ve had such a great experience, we have decided to extend our initiative with a second cohort, as youth unemployment in southern Europe is still high,” Kübel says. In Spain, for example, the youth unemployment rate is 36 percent. For the second round, Bosch has created an additional 75 apprenticeships.

Accredited vocational training improves employment opportunities for many young men and women.

Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations

Successful integration – a foreign country becomes a second home

It was with curiosity and excitement that 45 young people began preparing for an apprenticeship at Bosch in Germany in 2013. For them, it was a foreign country, far away from the social environment they were used to. They were all united by a common goal: “To learn something fun that provides good prospects,” Juan Manuel Cañadas Torres says. Before they started their apprenticeships, the young people took part in language training in Spain lasting several months and completed an internship in Germany. “The intercultural support, language courses, and mentoring from certified trainers and social workers during the apprenticeship are key factors in the success of the program,” Siegfried Czock, in charge of occupational training and continuing professional development in Germany, says. “This provides the young people with security and helps them to integrate into their social environment.”

“Prepare for the future” – creating prospects where they do not exist

“Prepare for the future” is another project aimed at providing young people with good career prospects. School and university students receive insights into the working world, and get to know more about potential job profiles and professional requirements. Bosch launched the “Prepare for the future” regional education project in Italy in 2015. In 2017, Bosch associates visited 340 schools, reaching 68,000 students. The feedback was so positive that, in 2017, Bosch began offering the education project in Spain as well. In 2017, Bosch was able to reach around 1,500 students during events at ten schools.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 421,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). The company generated sales of 88.2 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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 Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,500 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

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 upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. 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.

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