Schoolgirls experience special internship

F.EE trainee Alexander shows camp participant Marina how to use a pillar drilling machine.
The participants of the "Girls for Tech Camp" together with F.EE personnel and training managers as well as the guests of honour at the final event.

The initiative "Technology - Future in Bavaria 4.0" of the Bildungswerk der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (bbw) e. V. and the Bavarian metal and electrical employers (bayme vbm) also wants to get girls interested in technical apprenticeships. F.EE as a participating company introduces 12 schoolgirls, aged 12 to 14 years, to the professions of precision mechanic, electronic technician for automation technology and industrial mechanic in the 1-week camp. The girls are allowed to try out a lot and get to know soldering, drilling and filing under the instruction of the training managers and the F.EE trainees. The workpiece, a self-built traffic light, can be seen at the end of the week and the girls have found out, how much fun technology can be.

At today's closing event, the participants showed their parents, siblings and other guests their work pieces and reported on their experiences during the camp. Although the event this year could only take place digitally due to the Corona pandemic, the enthusiasm of the girls was clearly noticeable. This means, that the important goal oft he „Girls for Tech Camp“, has been achieved, so Bertram Brossard, General Manager oft the employers' associations. Despite the current situation, the employers want to introduce female pupils to technical professions at an early stage in order to show them the excellent training and career prospects of the metal and electrical industry.

Focus despite pandemic

In the Bavarian metal and electrical industry, around 25 percent of employees are currently female. If the association's managing director Brossardt has his way, this rate is set to rise. The employers are also committed to this goal. Because, as Brossardt said: "In order to continue to occupy a leading position in international competition, Bavarian companies will need highly qualified junior staff in the future as well". Perhaps the participants of the "Girls for Tech Camp" will one day be among these young skilled workers. The foundation stone has been laid.

Attractive technical professions

F.EE is one of the first companies to reopen its doors for one of the bbw camps after the Corona interruption. "Our trainers and trainees show the girls that technical professions are varied, fun and offer attractive career prospects," explained Udo Starck, head of human resources at F.EE.

3900 participants in 18 years

The "Girls for Tech Camps" are one of 16 offers of the educational initiative "Technology - Future in Bavaria 4.0", which aims to inspire children and young people for technology. Since 2002, more than 3900 schoolgirls throughout Bavaria have taken part in the - almost always fully booked - "Girls for Tech Camps". This year again, it is expected that 100 schoolgirls will immerse themselves in the world of technology in a total of nine camps. The offer is free of charge except for travel to and from the camps. The "Girls for Tech Camps" are backed by the Bildungswerk der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e. V. and the Bavarian metal and electrical employers bayme vbm. The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs also supports the project.

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