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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

News | Learning across borders

Bosch continues its training initiative for southern Europe

Some 5.5 million young Europeans are currently looking for work. In Southern Europe, as many as 50 percent of young people are unemployed. In a bid to help reduce youth unemployment, Bosch’s training initiative for southern Europe is once again offering additional apprenticeship spots for young people from the affected countries. In 2016, 75 young people from Italy and Spain are set to begin an apprenticeship at the global supplier of technology and services. While 25 spots are being created in the home countries, Bosch is making 50 spots available in Germany.

 

 Christoph Kübel with the Spanish apprentices Ana Maria San Andres Gonzalez and Juan Manuel Cañadas Torres. 

 

In 2014, Bosch had already created 100 apprenticeship spots for young men and women from Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Those that are completing the program in Germany recently completed a portion of their examinations at the 20-month mark. “Doing an apprenticeship in a foreign country in another language and culture is a big step,” says Ana Maria San Andres Gonzalez, who is from a community close to Madrid. For this reason, Bosch assists the apprentices with language lessons, mentors, and social support.  “With a strong intercultural support component, our apprenticeship concept has proven successful. We have kept up our commitment because youth unemployment is still high, especially in Italy and Spain,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. A qualified apprenticeship significantly improves young people’s employment opportunities.

In addition to its training initiative for southern Europe, Bosch also contributes to the fight against youth unemployment by supporting a number of different projects. In Italy, the company has cooperated with prominent athletes and the Ranstad temp agency to offer workshops and training sessions that aim to prepare young people for working life. In 2016, the “Prepare for the future” project will also be launched in Spain.

More information on Bosch’s training initiatives for southern Europe can be found in our current Sustainability Report.