Integration by means of training
Detlef Scheele from the Federal Employment Agency is acknowledging hardware and fitting systems Häfele during a visit today – a shining example in Germany with 12 training places for refugees.
Twelve young refugees from nine countries started their two-year Warehouse Clerk apprenticeship at Häfele in Nagold in September. To the surprise of everyone concerned, the medium-sized family-run company has now found itself a national role model in the area of company integration work as a shining example in Baden-Württemberg. Detlef Scheele, the designated head of the federal Employment Agency, therefore visited the Häfele dispatch centre in Nagold today. "What has been undertaken here is unique and exemplary in its scope and its rigour," said Scheele in a press conference organised by the Employment Agency.
A new training profession has been added to the usual training programme of the company with the training to become a warehouse clerk. It was important to Häfele for no other training or internship places to be lost because of this project. A total of 33 young people started their vocational training at the beginning of September.
As one of the biggest companies in the region, Häfele has been putting a great deal of effort into training using the dual system for decades. "We feel obliged to make a contribution to integrating young people," explains Managing Director Sibylle Thierer about the reasons for the commitment. The guarantee of the success was a motivated team in Häfele's personnel development area and a network consisting of the Federal Employment Agency, the Calw district administration, the immigration authority and the schools and their teachers in the Nagold and Calw areas.
A glance at Häfele’s headquarters in Nagold also shows that people from all over the world are working here successfully every day. There are more than 20 nationalities in the dispatch centre alone. The 12 young men aged between 17 and 35 from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Gambia, Iraq, Cameroon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Togo are also training there.
An initial resumé – Victory for intercultural competence
Of course, no-one can say today how successful the young people from Africa and Asia will be tomorrow. But we can say that the project has already been beneficial to all concerned. After two years, the refugees will have a recognised professional qualification. Häfele has demonstrated civic and social responsibility and increased its international and intercultural competence as a global company.
"The more employees we have with such a wealth of experience, the easier we will find it to get on together in the global Häfele family and with our customers from all walks of life. Besides, this is one of the most important success factors in international competition and it is also good for everyday business”, says company manager Sibylle Thierer.
Häfele apprentice Mohammed Alasauie from Iraq in a discussion with Managing Director Sibylle Thierer and Detlef Scheele, designated head of the Federal Employment Agency .
A colourful picture for the start of the new training year. Häfele apprentices and DH students.