Girls try their hand at engineering: GEA held an open house for Girls’ Day – and showed perspectives for qualification and career opportunities for women in commercial and technical professions
26. April 2013 On April 25, 2013 GEA opened its gates for its Girls’ Day event. A guided tour through the GEA Technology Center and the shop floor, followed by individual work projects at technical learning stations: this is not something that girls can experience just any day. At its location in Bochum (Germany), GEA once again allowed 40 girls, from 10 to 15 years old, to learn a bit about the technical world of work, which was still unfamiliar to most of them. If something more than just one open-house comes of it, then all the better, says Ms. Nobue von Wurzbach. As Director of Corporate Organizational Development, Wurzbach is also responsible for promoting diversity in the composition of colleagues in her area. As she explained, “By offering Girls’ Day, we would like to give the participants a closer look at the machine construction sector and to show them new perspectives in our field that they perhaps would not have otherwise gained. Young women of today are well educated, but they are still very reluctant to select technical professions. And this means that they don’t take full advantage of possibilities in profession and career. At the same time, companies like GEA – the largest machine builders in Germany – are earnestly looking for a new generation of young professionals.”
About Girls’ Day
In all of Germany, especially in technically oriented companies, firms conduct open house and open their doors for girls beginning in the fifth year of school. The girls get to know something about qualified professions and courses of study in engineering, IT, the trades, and science. Girls’ Day is the most extensive professionally-oriented project for schoolgirls. Since the beginning of this program in 2001, more than one million girls have taken part in these events, with more and more every year. In 2012 more than 115,000 girls got to know more about engineering and science, and over 9,500 companies and organizations were registered for the program.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; the German Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth; and the European Social Fund have all supported the Coordination Office for Girls’ Day throughout Germany.
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