Refugee project we.help: Integration goals achieved!

Apprenticeship at thyssenkrupp | Corporate culture | Engagement | People at thyssenkrupp | As part of the "Wir-Zusammen – Integrations-Initiative der deutschen Wirtschaft", we made a promise at thyssenkrupp – and kept our word. What's more, with 400 additional internships instead of the 230 originally planned and 150 additional vocational places for refugees, we even exceeded the targets we had set ourselves.

“I am very pleased that we can give people a perspective, which is not a matter of course,” says Sabrina Munsch, who heads the “we.help” project. “We have a great project team. Above all, we would never have made it without the personal commitment of the trainers at our locations.” The initiative’s wide range of opportunities to integrate refugees into companies shows what a company like thyssenkrupp can do. These include, for example, intercultural training, the correct handling of psychological stress, German courses specially tailored to the training, individual case consultations and individual support for refugees, for example dealing with the authorities. Numerous departments and many other colleagues have supported the integration work right from the start. In a task force, the supervising trainers and colleagues exchange ideas in an uncomplicated manner – always on the lookout for the best solutions for the refugees and the processes in the company.

Integration – a real enrichment for thyssenkrupp

thyssenkrupp also learns a lot from working with its new colleagues, explains Oliver Burkhard, Member of the Excecutive Board and Chief Human Resources Officer at thyssenkrupp AG: “Work is a decisive motor for integration. With this formula, Germany has already successfully integrated millions of people from very different backgrounds in the past. Their diversity, experience and skills are an asset to us.”

At thyssenkrupp,  you #neverworkalone – no matter where you are from. This is the message of "we.help".At thyssenkrupp,  you #neverworkalone – no matter where you are from. This is the message of “we.help”.

Diversity is part of thyssenkrupp’s mission statement and crucial for an open and appreciative corporate culture. Because the experience gained through cultural and personal backgrounds, the diverse skills and knowledge as well as the different ways employees work are crucial to thyssenkrupp’s global success. And they can also serve as inspiration.

Creating Jobs, bringing people together

Ali Ali thinks alike. The Syrian-born has been living in Germany for 3 years. At thyssenkrupp he is completing an apprenticeship as a wholesale and foreign trade merchant in the Materials Services division. Ali knows exactly what diversity means to him personally: “Learning a new language in a new country.

Whether from Syria, Eritrea, Guinea, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran: With "we.help", both the refugees and thyssenkrupp benefit from intercultural exchange. In the picture: (from left to right) Seyawash Yousufi, George Abdelahad, Adoulayeh Keita and Rodi Haji Mohamed.Whether from Syria, Eritrea, Guinea, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran: With “we.help”, both the refugees and thyssenkrupp benefit from intercultural exchange. In the picture: (from left to right) Seyawash Yousufi, George Abdelahad, Adoulayeh Keita and Rodi Haji Mohamed.

But not only jobs were found within “we.help”. People also found each other. In the spring an applicant was invited to an internship in southern Germany. During the first week of the internship, the applicant discovered that another refugee who had already started training at thyssenkrupp was related to him. During their flight, the two had lost contact with each other for several years. The intern also started his apprenticeship at thyssenkrupp in September – a very special kind of reunion.

The next step: equal opportunities for everyone!

thyssenkrupp has always trained many young people with a migration background. The Group companies have gained a lot of new experience in training refugees. The “we.help” refugee program is therefore to be transferred to regular operations. This means that refugees are treated in the same way as all other applicants when recruiting trainees. In addition, the individual companies are free to offer additional places for refugees at any time.

„Wir zusammen“: creating prospects for refugees together

thyssenkrupp has been committed to refugee since fall 2015 and founded the “Wir Zusammen” network in 2016 with 36 initiators, all of whom were already active in projects for refugees at that time. The affiliated companies combine their commitment under the umbrella of the network. The network bundles the commitment of companies for the people who had to flee from war and persecution and has thus become the linchpin for the integration of immigrants. There are now 226 companies (as of June 2018) involved in the network for refugees.

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