A new life in Germany

14 spanish apprentices started training at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe

On September 1, 330 new apprentices started training at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG in Duisburg, Bochum, Dortmund, Finnentrop and Siegerland. Among them this year is a group of young Spaniards. "We have 13 men and one woman from the Valencia region – where ThyssenKrupp had to close down a hot-dip coating line last year," says Miguel Martin-Pelegrina from the training unit. "In view of the high youth unemployment in Spain, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe as a responsible corporate citizen decided to offer 14 young people excellent apprenticeship training here in Germany which will give them the chance of finding a good job in Spain, Germany or anywhere else in the world later on."

The 18 to 23-year-olds arrived in Duisburg on August 14. With intensive support from the company's HR teams they are making every effort to settle in. "As well as completing aptitude tests, the Spanish apprentices have been on a look & see trip around Duisburg followed by a tour of Duisburg harbor. They've also visited the company medical service, and now they're busy learning German," reports Eliezer Dias, International Recruiting, who previously went out to Spain to take care of the prospective apprentices and provide them with intercultural training. "On the language side there's still a lot to do, but we hope that with intensive German courses we'll gradually be able to familiarize our young colleagues with their actual training goals."

On August 28 Francisco Aguilera, Consul General of the Spanish Consulate in Düsseldorf, visited ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe in Duisburg to personally welcome his young compatriots. Together with Miguel Martin-Pelegrina, who also welcomed the apprentices on behalf of CHRO Thomas Schlenz and HR head Klaus Bailer, he congratulated them on this fantastic career opportunity and on having the courage to seize it, thousands of kilometers away from home. September 1 marked the start of their new daily routine. Living in shared apartments for two or three people, the apprentices have now begun training in earnest.

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe intends to continue recruiting similar numbers of apprentices in Spain in the coming years.