Training courses and vocational training for refugees

thyssenkrupp Bilstein supports integration into the local labour market

In 2015 and 2016 alone, around 5,000 refugees arrived in the German Ennepe-Ruhr district; around 3,000 of them will live there. Locally established associations and companies are already striving to integrate the refugees into the labour market. thyssenkrupp Bilstein, which is based in Ennepetal, is also getting involved by offering measures to integrate refugees into the labour market, in cooperation with the Märkische employers’ association.

From mid-April, five refugees complete a basic course in metalwork at thyssenkrupp Bilstein. Thereafter, two participants will be given the opportunity to complete a three-month internship. If, after the internship, the qualifications and language skills of the participants are sufficient, they will have the chance to be taken on as trainee specialists in metal technology at thyssenkrupp Bilstein.

As Ulrich Schmelter, Head of training at thyssenkrupp Bilstein states, “It is, of course, a way forward for potential candidates. First of all, they must demonstrate appropriate language skills and qualifications. So far, we are very satisfied with the results and are feeling confident.” 19 refugees are already taking part in a language course at Volkshochschule Ennepe-Ruhr-Süd. After this, job-related language will be taught in the local training workshop.

“So far, our experience is very positive. The trainees are highly motivated and extremely interested. We hope, of course, that there will be a large number of suitable candidates among the future course participants,” continues Mr Schmelter. Since September 2016, a refugee from Guinea has been trained as a specialist in metal technology. thyssenkrupp Bilstein will continue to be involved in the future and will enable refugees in the Ennepe-Ruhr district to enter the German labour market.