A future in Schwanau – Spanish apprentices taken on full-time
May 16, 2018
To escape the high youth unemployment in their homeland, seven young Spaniards began an apprenticeship as industrial mechanics at Herrenknecht in September 2014. All in all an exemplary success story! Six of the career starters successfully completed their dual vocational training and have now joined different departments. Herrenknecht is thus offering the Spanish youngsters good prospects for their future careers.
The special European Union program aims to ensure the supply of skilled manpower in Germany and to contribute to reducing the high level of youth unemployment in Spain.
Six young Spaniards at the start of their careers have now successfully completed their vocational training. Due to a shortening of their apprenticeships to three years, Jon Alvarez Svescun (23), Mikel Lasa Apeztegia and Daniel Fernandez Sanchez (both 31) already finished in the summer of last year. All in all an exemplary success story!
"I thought it would be much colder here in Germany," says Jon Alvarez Svescun. Instead the Ortenau landscape reminds him of his Spanish homeland near Navarre. Since he was taken on full-time, Jon has been working in the area of drive and augers assembly for smaller utility machines. He and the other young Spaniards have meanwhile settled in well. They have found their own apartments and friends in the region and are active in local clubs. Today they all feel very much at home at the tunnel boring machine manufacturer and can well imagine a future career at Herrenknecht.
Right at the beginning of the apprenticeship, for example, the Spanish-speaking Herrenknecht employee Paloma Nieto helped with German lessons and translated the content. Learning the language quickly was the basic prerequisite for the Spanish trainees to be able to follow the technical instruction. The vocational training School in Lahr had divided the class for optimal support and adapted teaching contents to the needs of the foreign-language apprentices.
"The intensive support of foreign-language trainees was a big challenge. It was, however, a great and very intensive time for all of us and we are glad that all six of them have successfully completed their apprenticeship ", says Doris Adler from the DAA.
The junior employees were particularly pleased that the dual training system in Germany allowed them to gain lots of specialist knowledge and practical work experience. They are all proud of their qualifications and glad to have opted for an apprenticeship at Herrenknecht. "It's still incredible for me to be here. I come to work every day very satisfied," reports 24-year-old Alberto Salvarria Munoz. "I'd be really pleased if I get sent to Spanish jobsites in the near future."
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