TRIMET offers career prospects to refugees
TRIMET wants to open up long-term career prospects for young refugees who have found a new home in Germany, thereby facilitating their integration in society. With the “Vocational Training for Refugees” project, the family business is providing additional apprenticeship positions. Along with vocational training, the program includes internships and entry qualifications with accompanying language, mathematics and specialist knowledge courses as preparatory measures for vocational training.
TRIMET relies on the integration effect of industrial production to carry out its commitment. “Industrial jobs offer many people a secure livelihood, open up career advancement opportunities and enable social participation,” says Dr. Martin Iffert, CEO of TRIMET Aluminium SE. “We are providing career prospects to young people who have been driven from their native homelands by war and persecution, offering them the opportunity to lead self-determined lives here.”
A total of 26 young refugees from various countries of origin are currently completing apprenticeships or entry qualifications at TRIMET locations in Essen, Hamburg and Voerde. To set up the preparatory and accompanying courses, TRIMET has strengthened its Personnel and Training Department and expanded its training facilities. The company also works closely with government authorities, social agencies and other organizations. Many TRIMET employees are involved in the program, acting as mentors for the refugees. They support their new colleagues in dealing with administrative formalities and the search for an apartment or childcare.
The “Vocational Training for Refugees” project is based on an initiative from TRIMET founder Heinz-Peter Schlüter, who died in late 2015. At the height of the refugee wave in 2015, on his 66th birthday, he decided to set an example, announcing that beyond regular apprenticeship positions, his company would provide 66 refugees with training and long-term career prospects in the years to come.