Notwithstanding all innovations – traditions are held in high esteem at STEAG. One of these traditions, albeit a comparatively young one, is cookie and waffle baking by commercial trainees. At Christmas time every year, and for over ten years now, the youth and apprentice representatives at the Essen location have called prospective industrial management assistants and students on integrated degree programs to the mixing bowls.
“They often ask for expert support from family and friends when baking,” says Maren Jeske, an integrated degree course student at STEAG. “Before we start, we agree on how the proceeds are to be used, and who can bring what utensils – and then we get on with it.”
At the end, STEAG’s youngsters had taken over ten different types of biscuits and waffles out of the oven. Carefully packed in bags, the pastries were sold to employees at last year’s STEAG Christmas party and in the canteen at the company headquarters in Essen. “Almost 1,000 euros was raised,” says Maren Jeske. “Our management then generously increased the amount. That enabled us to hand over a donation of 1,500 euros.”
This year, the Ronald McDonald House in Essen was the selected charity. In the house in the Gruga Park, built to a design by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, families with seriously ill children who are being treated at Essen University Hospital find a temporary home. “The house is financed by donations and supported by the work of many volunteers,” explains Maren Jeske. “And anyone who has seen the children in the hospital knows how important every donation is.”
STEAG trainees together with Alfred Geißler, the member of the STEAG management board responsible for human resources, handed over the donation check to the local manager Sabine Holtkamp in the Ronald McDonald House.
The young STEAG colleagues are also extremely committed to charitable projects at other training locations, for example in Saarbrücken.