15 teachers visited the headquarters of Menerga GmbH in Mülheim an der Ruhr in February 2018. The employer’s association of economy (German: Unternehmerverband) of the city of Mülheim, an association responsible for roughly 180 companies in Mülheim an der Ruhr, invited the teachers to the investigation in the course of the working group “Schule/ Wirtschaft” together with the teachers’ working association of the communal coordination department for school & job transition of the city of Oberhausen.
The idea of the company investigation was to give the teachers an impression of the multifarious apprenticeship opportunities at Menerga, which then is thought to be passed on to their students. By doing so, the young people shall be made more aware of less known, but nevertheless future-oriented regional jobs.
“Your students most likely will not always encounter the profession of their dreams in their favorite city. Therefore, they need to be flexible in their minds but also for travelling longer to their job”, Jennifer Middelkamp, press speaker of the employer’s association, about the purpose of the teachers’ visit.
During their visit, the teachers were able to gain insights into the professional career of former and current apprentices at Menerga. The wide spectrum of different workplaces was presented, enclosing everything from jobs in production to administration. Especially one thing became obvious: Menerga tries everything possible in order to guarantee their apprentices a successful future. This includes among other things apprenticeship-training weeks, an academy specialized in in-house education and a training lab for industrial apprentices, as well as projects during which the young adults are given the chance to work independently, such as the coordination of the annual “Girls’ Day” or the management of Menerga’s Facebook profile. Nonetheless, coworker contact is also of great importance. In order to improve the apprentices’ relationships with each other, events like “Apprentice-teaches-apprentice” days are organized, where everyone presents the tasks of their own day-to-day work.
For the last three years Menerga has took over 100 percent of their apprentices. Ten percent of the workforce at Menerga are trainees, apprentices and interns. “We need qualified workers and like to train them ourselves”, authorized representative and HR Manager Stefanie Bekes states about the training concept that is greatly valued at Menerga. By looking for new jobs, the company intends to stay flexible and future-oriented.