On June 30, as part of a joint pilot project with the Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), the Workers' Welfare Association and the Oberlin e.V. Evangelical Youth Service Agency, thirteen young refugees were given an opportunity to look over the shoulders of the industrial and business trainees of the medical technology manufacturer. In this way, they learned first-hand what vocational training in Germany and in particular at ulrich medical is like.
An integral component of the training plan in ulrich medical trainees' second year of apprenticeship is the "Social Learning" project. The task involves the completely independent development of a social project, from selection to implementation. This year, the trainees decided specifically in favor of a project for refugees.
Most of the young refugees do not know anything about vocational training in Germany. They also do not know what jobs there are or what is expected of them during vocational training. For this reason, the trainees welcomed thirteen youths from the residential groups from Oberlin e.V. and the Ulm Workers' Welfare Association to introduce them to industrial as well as business jobs at ulrich medical.
The youths, who are 16 to 18 years old and who come from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea, were especially delighted that they were allowed to lend a hand with a workpiece.
"We were impressed how open and interested these young people are. And it was great to see how much they enjoyed talking to and sharing information with other young people their age," says Anke Walkerling, HR manager at ulrich medical.
Since most of the young refugees are in Germany without their families, it was important to the trainees to do something together after the official part of the program. The final get-together – a session of bowling – offered a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of time for more conversation.
The ulrich medical trainees are proud that they were able to provide support within the framework of this cooperation to the IHK, the Workers' Welfare Association and Oberlin e.V. in their commitment to the integration of refugees.
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ulrich medical develops, produces and markets innovative medical technology. Physicians and users worldwide trust our more than 100 years of experience. With our product divisions spinal systems, contrast media injectors, foot surgery and surgical instruments, we offer a broad portfolio of innovative products.
We are one of the few in the industry with development and production in Germany and we rely on the most modern manufacturing technology. Our products stand worldwide for the highest degree of quality "Made in Germany".
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