We are especially proud of our projects in the educational sector. We support the Hamburg districts of Veddel, Wilhelmsburg and Rothenburgsort in our neighborhood in particular. For example, we have developed the “Work Experience Days” and “9-Plus” projects with the Slomanstieg School in Veddel. The school, which teaches children with more than 30 different nationalities, prepares its students intensively for their subsequent working life. The eighth grade students come to Aurubis one day a week as part of the ”Work Experience Days” to gather their first practical experience.
However, the school has discovered that only about 10 % of the students who complete their secondary education successfully find an apprenticeship.
This is where the 9-Plus project takes effect. This program, which is unique in Hamburg and even Germany, has the aim of training young people for their working life and offering them realistic prospects of finding an apprenticeship.
School graduates who have completed their secondary education but have not found an apprenticeship have had the possibility of receiving targeted instruction as part of the 9-Plus project since August 2007.
The young people are prepared for a year at Aurubis for an apprenticeship in a trade. They are allocated places in the sector of their choice if possible and work for three days a week in the production sector while still going to school for two days, where they receive further instruction for their chosen trade.
It is motivating for future graduates and a success for the school and the Group that 10 of the 12 project participants from the year 2007/08 were accepted for apprenticeships at Aurubis.
Every two years, the technical university day is organized in Hamburg in order to encourage young people to earn technical degrees. The events in the past were presented by Ranga Yogeshwar and included plant tours, presentations and discussion panels.
Events such as the “Language Camp” or “Youth thinks to the future” are also regularly supported.
Youth work is also performed at our site in Lünen, where grants for foreign language courses abroad have been given to Lünen students for more than 20 years now.
In Bulgaria, schools and universities are regularly provided with teaching equipment and grants are given to students.