For example, they can complete two-week internships with us. In addition, we offer a Girls' Day, where the pupils get an insight into the company for one day.
On an open house day, we welcome the pupils and their parents to our company. The parents are also invited along for later interviews, so that they get a secure feeling of where their children will be doing their training and who their contact persons are. That goes down very well.
However, we also approach the schools. For example, we have a cooperation with the teaching staff for STEM professions: The teaching staff comes to our company and looks at the opportunities on site so that they can then prepare the students for the internship and the required STEM topics in the best possible way.
In addition, our human resources department goes directly to the schools together with young trainees and introduces itself. The trainees are on an equal footing with the pupils: since they "speak the same language", so to speak, the pupils benefit particularly from this conversation.
What advantages do the students have from the cooperation?
Zurmöhle: The transition from school to in-company training is difficult for some young people, because the "bubble" of school suddenly stops. If they have done an internship before, the transition is easier because they have already seen one or the other face and know the working atmosphere. Another plus point is the involvement of parents: If they have already had a look at the company, the trainees can talk to them about it better at home if problems arise.
How do you think your company can continue to attract motivated skilled workers in the future?
Zurmöhle: We want to and have to be an attractive employer, offer benefits such as a job bike or similar and create a work-life balance. Our union affiliation is an advantage. We will strengthen and further expand our regional presence in order to be recognized as a good employer. We will also offer interesting working time models and, above all, live sustainability.