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The latest training fair was held at our Blieskastel site from 20th to 23rd July 2015. 650 students and 20 teachers from schools in the local region came along to find out about the various training options and jobs in the electrical industry. This meant the event attracted almost three times as many people as in 2014.
What are my strengths and weaknesses? What would I like to do when I leave school, and how can I achieve my professional goals? More and more pupils are expressing an interest in real support when it comes to choosing the right training path for them. Hager Group responded to this growing demand by inviting schools to its second training fair, which it is establishing as a regular event in the Saarland region.
With skilled professionals in increasingly short supply, careers advice is gaining in importance. Young people should be given the opportunity to find out about training paths, occupations and application procedures early on so that they can take the right steps towards their future career in good time.
Providing careers guidance for pupils is nothing new for Hager Group, as Andreas Fuchs, Head of Commercial Training, explains: “We have been inviting schools to Blieskastel since 2014. This allows us to give interested young people a better idea of day-to-day work here.”
Due to its huge popularity, the event had to be extended over several days. Students were placed into groups and shown various parts of the company.
“Our expectations for this year’s training fair were by far exceeded.
Three times as many students from schools in the region as last year registered to attend, taking the total number to 900. 650 students visited us in July 2015. We expect to see the remaining 250 students at our Blieskastel site in October.”
A team of instructors, employees from the Sales Promotion department and Hager Group trainees was on hand to ensure the event went smoothly and make sure the pupils and teachers were well looked after. Students could take part in an application training session which provided lots of information about application packs and selection procedures. They were also given the opportunity to experience production operations first-hand during a factory visit. In addition to this, there was a “jobs marketplace” where the young students could find out more about various logistics, administrative and technical occupations. The higher education sector was also represented by the Saarland University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken, which showcased its variety of courses. “As we had a well-balanced mixture of sixth-form students and younger ones from other schools, we were able to cater for all attendees and work towards meeting our own need for trainees by providing a wide range of information,” said Andreas Fuchs.
As the event was so well received, it looks set to be continued at the Blieskastel site in October 2015 and be held again next year.
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