Well equipped for the first job

For 45 young people, the serious side of life began in late summer – when they started their apprenticeships at STEAG. In industrial and technical or commercial occupations, STEAG offers young people first-class training as a starting point for a successful future career.

Training at STEAG is by no means confined to the Group headquarters in Essen. Wherever STEAG operates, it also tries to train young people, no matter whether they are located in the Ruhr area, the Saarland, Saxony or Saxony- Anhalt. Training at STEAG in Essen has a tradition lasting more than 40 years. It began in 1974 with an apprenticeship as an office management assistant. In Lünen, young people have been trained as fitters (now called industrial mechanics) since 1975, and as electricians (now called electronics technicians for industrial and plant engineering) since 1977.

Today, most STEAG apprentices are trained in an industrial and technical profession. Depending on their location, for example, they are trained as electronics technicians for industrial engineering, industrial mechanics or mechatronics engineers. “The industrial and technical training courses usually last three and a half years, but can be shortened if they perform well,” explains Harry Recktenwald, an instructor in the Saarland region. Former apprentice Bernhard Brey, for example, took his final examination at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry six months early. In the upshot, he won the award as the best graduate from the economic region of Augsburg and Northern Swabia in the profession of electronics technician for industrial engineering in the 2017 examination year.

Ten young people, on the other hand, will be trained this year to become industrial business management assistants. During their three-year training they will be familiarized with the areas of human resources, accounting, purchasing, production and sales. Every year, four of the commercial apprentices even combine their training with studies of International Management at the FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management in Essen. After two years of training as an industrial management assistant, they focus not only on training in the company but also on their university courses for another one and a half years.

STEAG considers it a matter of social responsibility to continue this 40 year old tradition despite adverse circumstances. “Even in the current period of restructuring and cost-cutting, we are still training young people at STEAG, albeit to a lesser extent. We are very pleased to be able to give them a good start to their professional careers,” says Gritt Dietz, Head of Training in Essen.

The example of David Löffel shows that good use is being made of these opportunities. In October, he completed his training as an industrial management assistant at STEAG with a grade A. “Through training at STEAG I feel fit for the start of my professional life,” he says. The 20 year-old is also one of the top 10 percent of the 3,500 graduates at the Ruhr Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In the last ten years, there have been twelve other STEAG trainees who have received top grades from the Ruhr Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their excellent performance. For David Löffel, the distinction is no reason to rest on his laurels. He is continuing to study hard in the field of international management after work and often at weekends in order to become fit for the future.