GEA hires 9 new trainees: GEA supports a new generation of staff from its own ranks

Press Release

08. September 2008 On 8 August, GEA, at its Air Treatment location in Herne, welcomed 9 new trainees to the company. Two young ladies will be qualified as industrial sales representative. The young men will pass through a dual course of studies toward a Bachelor’s Degree.

GEA trainees are laying the cornerstones of their careers: the 9 new trainees and their training professions (top left to bottom right): Aleksandra Miller (industrial sales representative), Steffen Schnieders (Bachelor of Arts), Nina Giesenkirchen (Bachelor of Arts), Thorsten Schmied (Bachelor of Science), Christoph Michel (Bachelor of Arts), Elena Rapzewitsch (Bachelor of Engineering), Duygu Kocadayi (industrial sales representative), Tatjana Afeld (Bachelor of Arts), and Mike Schmidt (Bachelor of Science).
GEA trainees are laying the cornerstones of their careers: the 9 new trainees and their training professions (top left to bottom right): Aleksandra Miller (industrial sales representative), Steffen Schnieders (Bachelor of Arts), Nina Giesenkirchen (Bachelor of Arts), Thorsten Schmied (Bachelor of Science), Christoph Michel (Bachelor of Arts), Elena Rapzewitsch (Bachelor of Engineering), Duygu Kocadayi (industrial sales representative), Tatjana Afeld (Bachelor of Arts), and Mike Schmidt (Bachelor of Science).

GEA trainees are laying the cornerstones of their careers:  the 9 new trainees and their training professions (top left to bottom right): Aleksandra Miller (industrial sales representative), Steffen Schnieders (Bachelor of Arts), Nina Giesenkirchen (Bachelor of Arts), Thorsten Schmied (Bachelor of Science), Christoph Michel (Bachelor of Arts), Elena Rapzewitsch (Bachelor of Engineering), Duygu Kocadayi (industrial sales representative), Tatjana Afeld (Bachelor of Arts), and Mike Schmidt (Bachelor of Science).

GEA Air Treatment considers that a new generation of young staff is a good investment in the future. For example, more than two-thirds of the management positions in the company are presently staffed by people whose rose from the company’s own ranks. In order to effectively handle the growing need for a new generation of staff, and to proceed in a more goal-oriented manner in the selection and support of trainees, the company has hired Caroline Masquelier. She will hire all the trainees for GEA locations in Bochum and Herne, and will coordinate their assignment not only in the various departments, but even in the various companies of the Group. As corporate officer responsible for trainees, she will not only take care of their assignment, but will also support the trainees throughout their entire training period. Ms. Masquelier will organize their instruction in the plants, implement measures to build team spirit, and keep an open ear at all times for any questions or problems that may arise.

Classical training or dual programme of studies?
Programmes for the classical training professions last 3 to 3.5 years. The program to achieve qualification as industrial sales representative can be enhanced by adding international orientation in English or French. For those who are technically interested, GEA offers the following specialized fields of study: technical drafting, industrial mechanical engineering, welding technology, and mechatronic engineering.

The special feature of the 3 dual study programmes being offered – Bachelor of Engineering/Industrial Engineering, Bachelor of Science/Management and Computer Science, and Bachelor of Arts/Business Administration – is the systematic networking of theory and practice. Caroline Masquelier explains, “Our external educational affiliate – the Emsland Professional Academy in Lingen, Germany, teaches scientific concepts, models, and methods in a ten-week academy phase. During the practical phases, which last at least twelve weeks, the students can implement at GEA the knowledge gained.” In addition, it is possible to take examinations in each of the training professions, as administered by the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, or by the Trades Guilds. For more information, see www.ba-emsland.de.

Both training forms offer qualified English courses, including an examination with internationally recognized linguistic certification, as well as foreign internship. Masquelier continues, “For an internationally active company, tolerance and respect for foreign cultures are just as important as fully satisfactory English. Our trainees must be able to look beyond the ends of their noses.”

Those interested in a trainee position for 2009 can contact Caroline Masquelier, and can apply until 31 October 2008 at:  GEA Air Treatment GmbH, Koordination Ausbildungsverbund, Attn.:  Caroline Masquelier, Suedstrasse 48, 44625 Herne, Germany (details by phone under 00 49 2325 468 478).

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