Lighthouse project against the shortage of skilled workers
Siempelkamp, the Krefeld-based manufacturer of large castings, is taking an alternative approach with its lighthouse project against the shortage of skilled workers. With an educational offensive, the foundry enables 20 people from Syria, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Turkey to gain a partial qualification as foundry mechanics. The project is supported by the Krefeld Employment Agency, the Lower Rhine Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Teutloff Training Centre.
The manufacturer of large castings launched an educational offensive at the beginning of 2023, in which unemployed or jobless people could start a partial qualification as foundry mechanics. The Federal Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit) in Krefeld supported the foundry in its search for candidates. The project is also supported by the Niederrhein Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the Teutloff Training Centre.
From hairdresser to budding foundry mechanicThe 20 participants from Syria, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Turkey are permanently employed during the six-month training. After completing the partial qualification, they receive a certificate. The prospective foundry mechanics previously worked as hairdressers, hotel clerks or in retail, among other jobs. They also include university graduates whose degrees are not recognized in Germany.
"For many, the minimum wage was no longer sufficient to provide for their families in the face of rising inflation. Some were also shamelessly exploited by their former employers. With us they hope to receive good pay for honest work, a regular working life in fixed shifts and, of course, security for the future," says Thomas Handke, project manager at Siempelkamp Giesserei.
Eliminating deficits, using knowledgeIntegration plays an important role in the partial qualification. For example, some of the new employees have problems with the German language and have not yet had the opportunity to learn German. Working in a team is supposed to eliminate language deficits. In addition to special German lessons, the company relied on a constant exchange within the team.
"The new colleagues bring many different experiences with them. Of course, we will also benefit from this training. Especially fitters or logisticians who have now found their way to us via the partial qualification can certainly contribute to further optimising our own processes," says Georg Geier, managing director of Siempelkamp Giesserei.