Dr. Martina Gieg, a member of the Group Management Committee, introduced Heraeus and the diversity of our products to the interested audience at the beginning of the event. Mayor Claus Kaminsky emphasized in his speech how important Heraeus is for the Hanau location despite many other companies: “We are very happy and proud to have such a global corporation in our city.” He was pleased with the good relationship between the city and the company.
As the head of training at Heraeus, Karin Saar then took the floor. She pointed out that sustained success is only possible with qualified specialists and that everyone is called upon to find solutions to the shortage of skilled workers and to increase the attractiveness of apprenticeships. In her presentation, Karin Saar explained why dual training at Heraeus remains future-oriented. However, she also mentioned challenges: there are fewer and fewer applications for the advertised positions. In addition, it has become more difficult for companies to reach the relevant target groups - email is “out.”
According to Karin Saar, the expectations of training and employers have also changed. Further challenges include an oversupply of options that make it difficult for young people to decide on a profession. At the same time, she emphasized the need for personalized communication with some school leavers.
As a solution to Heraeus' response to the changes, Karin Saar presented the proven training concept “Learning in Dialogue.” The high graduation and retention rates at Heraeus confirm the success of this concept.
In the closing discussion round, moderated by Yvonne Backhaus-Arnold, editor-in-chief of the Hanauer Anzeiger, and editor Holger Weber-Stoppacher, Jasmin Schirrmann, an apprentice at Heraeus, had her say. The 19-year-old reported on what motivated her to pursue an apprenticeship as a mechatronics technician and what brings her joy in her professional everyday life.
Afterwards, the guests were able to discuss and make contacts while enjoying snacks and drinks. In the end, everyone was allowed to take home the freshly printed edition of the magazine “Wirtschaft an Main und Kinzig.”