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Bosch is continuing its training initiative in southern Europe with a second cohort

Marc del Arco Jassans and Juan Manuel Cañadas Torres proudly hold up their certificates from the International Chamber of Commerce. Following three years of training in Germany, they can now call themselves mechatronics engineers. Jassans und Cañadas Torres are two of 38 young men and women from Spain who have successfully completed an apprenticeship at Bosch in Germany.

Marc del Arco Jassans and Juan Manuel Cañadas Torres receive their certificates from the International Chamber of Commerce.

To help fight high youth unemployment in southern Europe, in 2013 Bosch launched a training initiative for the region. At the time, 45 young people in Spain began preparing for an apprenticeship at Bosch in Germany. All of them shared a common aim: “to learn something that is fun and provides good prospects for the future,” says Cañadas Torres. Prior to starting their apprenticeships, the young people completed several months of language lessons in their home country and an internship in Germany.

Number of apprenticeship spots increased

In light of the program’s initial success, Bosch has decided to continue with a second cohort. Youth unemployment in southern Europe is still high. In Spain, for instance, it currently stands at 36 percent. To help counter this, Bosch has added another 75 apprenticeship spots. “A qualified apprenticeship improves the employment prospects of many boys and girls. Without adequate training, entering the labor market is very difficult,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH.

Christoph Kübel, member of the Bosch board of management, with the Spanish apprentices Ana Maria San Andres Gonzalez and Juan Manuel Cañadas Torres.

In the first cycle of the apprenticeship program, Bosch made 14 million euros available over a period of four years. The funds went toward creating 175 apprenticeship spots for young people from Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Around 85 percent of the program participants successfully completed their training, and many have stayed at Bosch. Of 38 former Spanish apprentices, 30 have accepted positions at the company in Germany or Spain.

Learn more about what Bosch is doing to fight youth unemployment in Italy here