New home in Siegerland: Amadou Bah from Guinea in internship with Steel Europe

Born in Guinea, Amadou Bah left Africa three years ago with the objective of coming to Germany via Portugal. In the meantime he has settled down here and aims to achieve a great deal at and with Steel Europe.

"Amadou is always the first to arrive, at 5.15 in the morning", reports Heinz Joachim Klose. "He would arrive two minutes too late if he were to take a later bus, and he doesn't want that", continues the head of the Siegerland technical center. 21 years of age, Amadou Bah fled to Germany, and is now in an internship with Steel Europe within the framework of the Siegen Chamber of Industry and Commerce's "Qualifying young refugees in metalworking" project. He is already well integrated in spite of all language difficulties, and already has a girlfriend here. "I would like to stay in Germany, Siegen is my home", says Bah.

The young man originally comes from a small village in Guinea. Crime, unrest and road blockades are the order of the day in the military dictatorship. Bah fled the West African country three years ago, came to Germany via Portugal and has since settled down in the Siegerland region. "He is a fast learner and very committed", enthuses chief instructor Klose about "his" intern's exemplary dedication. "He appreciates that this is a great chance for him", and accordingly works avidly at the workbenches in the technical center in Kreuztal and is doing well. "If possible I will stay at thyssenkrupp", emphasizes Bah whose ambition is to become an industrial mechanic. And the intern's chances of achieving this objective are not at all bad; his performance could well put him in line for a further chance with the steel producer. "We are considering giving him the opportunity to gain an entrance qualification – with the option of being able to subsequently start his training with us", says Klose.

Together with two young men in their early twenties from Kosovo, Amadou Bah is one of the first refugees to be given the chance of joining thyssenkrupp via an internship. The company's employees give the newcomers support in a diversity of ways, for example by way of donations in kind. Besides this, the Group announced last year that it is offering additional jobs for refugees, as result of which around 150 training positions and apprenticeships, 230 internships and further positions for skilled workers and graduates will be made available at various sites in the months ahead – with 40 of those training positions/apprenticeships and 100 internships accounted for by Steel Europe. As the Group sees it, qualification is above all for young refugees an essential key for employment and thus also for integration.