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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
Social entrepreneurs are developing employment concepts for southern Europe
New developments at Robert Bosch Stiftung
Sandra Schürmann, the founder of JobAct, hopes to promote the strengths of unemployed youth while at the same time help them find a job. Her company offers a special drama program for job seekers that enables participants to develop their own plays. At the same time, those taking part in the program receive intensive job application training that is closely related to their theater work. Schürmann is one of twenty social entrepreneurs that receive funding from the “This Works!” initiative. On June 29, Schürmann and her counterparts presented their ideas to the public in Brussels.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung launched the initiative in 2014 in cooperation with Ashoka, a non-profit organization. The aim is to apply successful employment concepts in southern European countries, where youth unemployment is high, and to provide young job seekers in Spain, Italy, and Greece with new prospects for the future. The initiative is based on the idea that Ashoka Europe and Ashoka national offices help social entrepreneurs find local partners who can then implement the concepts in their communities. The Robert Bosch Stiftung has spent almost one million euros on the “This Works!” initiative.
At the event in Brussels, which was attended by politicians and members of civil society, social entrepreneurs showed how many young people they have been able to help find work. Until now, more than 3,000 people have taken part in “This Works!” training seminars, and about 1,500 have found jobs. To conclude the event, participants discussed what is needed to successfully transfer ideas that promote social entrepreneurship to other countries. Factors include selecting the right partners abroad, taking local needs into account, and promoting knowledge sharing between companies and partners.
In the future, additional countries will also benefit from “This Works!”. Market studies are currently underway to assess whether the project could be rolled out in Portugal and Croatia to help fight youth unemployment in these two countries.
More information on the “This Works!” project can be found here.
More information on the Bosch apprenticeship program in southern Europe can be found here.
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.
Sports stars are supporting a new Bosch educational initiative
At present, about 5.5 million young Europeans are unemployed. Especially in southern Europe, many young people are looking for jobs. In Greece and Spain, about half of 15- to 24-year-olds are affected by unemployment. In Italy, the figure is 40.5 percent. Experts see the theoretical focus of the educational system as one of the reasons behind these alarmingly high rates of joblessness.
Soccer star Daniele Massaro with students and teachers after a training session.
To increase the employment opportunities of young adults, Bosch Italy and the Randstad temp agency have initiated a special new program. With “Allenarsi per il Futuro” (“Training for the future”), the company offers students and graduates the opportunity to gain practical experience. The offer includes orientation events, internships, and job training that systematically prepare young people for the start of their working life.
The company has gotten the support of a number of prominent sports stars, among them the soccer player Daniele Massaro, the tennis star Mara Santangelo, the boxer Patrizio Oliva, and the basketball player Riccardo Pittis. Their message is that training, commitment, and focus are decisive success factors not only in sport, but also in preparing for working life. Over the course of the project, the stars and Bosch associates have visited more than 200 schools and universities to speak with pupils, apprentices, and students. Bosch Italy has set itself the aim of visiting another 300 schools with “Allenarsi per il Futuro” by the end of 2016. The plan is to reach 60,000 young people and offer 400 internship spots.
In addition to this, dual apprenticeship programs have been launched at Bosch locations in Bari and Milan. Apprentices from the Galileo Galilei Institute in Milan and the Cuccovillo Institute in Bari are now receiving practical training at Bosch. The company brings decades of experience in dual education to the table. In 2015, Bosch won the ”Active Education Award” for its “Allenarsi per il Futuro” program. The award is presented by the Italian ministry of education (MIUC) and Confindustria, Italy’s largest employers association.
More information on the training program can be found on Facebook (in Italian).
At the CEO Forum in Lagos, businesspeople discussed access to education for Nigerian youth
“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all" is one of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which some 200 heads of state agreed upon at the end of September. In Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, the current social reality makes achieving this goal challenging: at present, more than 80 percent of the working age population does not have any specific qualifications, and around 60 percent of the unemployed have no occupational training (Source: Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, P.9 - only available in German).
Against this backdrop, the Nigerian non-profit organization CSR Children has set itself the aim of fighting high levels of youth unemployment in cooperation with businesses. To this end, the foundation organized the CEO Forum in October. Representatives from the public and private sectors including non-profit organization took part in the one day conference.
Bosch was also among the event's sponsors and participants. The company officially opened an office in Lagos, the Nigerian commercial capital, in June 2015. One of the most important orders of business for the company is offering young Nigerians high quality occupational training to secure its own supply of specialists. At the CEO Forum, Ghislain Noumbessy, General Manager of Robert Bosch Ltd Nigeria, introduced the company’s “Afrika kommt”-initiative: “Young people from Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya are undergoing a one year training programme at Bosch locations in Germany and will be offered a position in their respective country once the programme is completed”, Noumbessy said. Additionally, representatives of other companies such as Nestlé, Siemens and organizations such as the AHK Nigeria discussed the extent to which Europe's cooperative education model can be established in Nigeria.
Bosch has been working with Nigeria's National Automotive Council (NAC) since October 2014. The company and the public body share the aim of preparing Nigerian workshops for an increasingly motorized population. In addition to repair work, the partners also intend to offer training programs for mechanics and make modern equipment available to workshop operators.
With Nigeria, Bosch is now present in 9 African countries, and employs more than 760 associates in Africa.
More information on the CEO Forum can be found here.
More information on the non-profit organization CSR can be found here.