TRIMET welcomes new young talent

Jul 17, 2019 | Eleven apprentices have completed their training at TRIMET Aluminium SE’s Essen plant and are now starting their careers with the materials specialist. The young men and women celebrated the end of their apprenticeships and the start of their careers with a celebratory meal. “I am very pleased that we have been able to recruit qualified and motivated employees who will help shape the future of TRIMET,” said Philipp Schlüter, Chairman of the Executive Board of TRIMET Aluminium SE. “By training our own junior staff, we are actively safeguarding the future of our location.”

Over the past two to three years, the men and women have undergone training as industrial mechanics, machine and plant operators, electronics technicians for industrial systems, wholesale and export clerks and industrial business management assistants. Three of them have found a professional home in the Essen aluminium smelter through the TRIMET project “Vocational Training for Refugees”. The men from Syria came to Germany as refugees in 2014 and 2015, and completed their training as machine and plant operators following entry qualification. 

A total of 24 apprentices completed their training at TRIMET in June 2019. 31 young people will start their training with the materials specialist on August 1, 2019; 14 of them in Essen. At its four locations in Germany, the family business will then train 95 young people in five technical and commercial professions. These include 16 refugees. Eight other refugees are preparing for their apprenticeship by completing an entry qualification. 

The Hans-Joachim Kaps Foundation made a major contribution to financing the qualification module. Founded in 1998, the foundation promotes the training and further education of young and prospective metal traders and has been supporting young refugees in preparing for their apprenticeships since 2015.

The TRIMET project “Vocational Training for Refugees” was launched in 2015 by Heinz-Peter Schlüter. At the height of the refuge crisis and on the occasion of his 66th birthday, the TRIMET founder promised to offer 66 refugees apprenticeships in addition to the regular apprenticeship positions over the coming years. Nearly half of the apprenticeship positions are still filled today. TRIMET will continue its commitment to offering young people who have been driven out of their homeland by war and violence occupational prospects, enabling them to lead a self-determined life here in our country.

By: Wolfgang Nübold

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