Inspiring young women to pursue technical careers

25.05.2012

The KOMET GROUP opened its doors again this year especially for schoolgirls on the occasion of the nationwide Girls' Day. In total, twelve girls from years 7 to 9 from German middle schools and secondary schools in the surrounding area spent one day receiving information about training and study courses being offered by the KOMET GROUP. The girls received a fascinating look into the daily work routine at a leading precision tool manufacturer through discussions with female toolmaker apprentices, a DHBW student who is currently studying mechanical engineering at KOMET, and selected female employees from technical departments. The highlight was a practical exercise where the participants were able to show their talents in the company's own training workshop by making a metal cube. They were assisted in this task by the soon-to-be toolmakers who were available to answer any questions. In addition, the girls were given advice on which career to choose, as well as tips and tricks for the correct application documents.

"Women are still significantly underrepresented in the fields of technology and applied science", says Matthias Heinz, Managing Director of the KOMET GROUP. "In comparison with frequently chosen female professions, the future prospects and salary are much more promising as well" Heinz went on to say. The KOMET GROUP has taken part in the nationwide Girls' Day since 2006 which gives schoolgirls from year 5 onwards an initial look into technical careers. In addition, the KOMET GROUP regularly offers traineeships to interested girls and boys as part of career guidance in order to provide them with an introduction to different careers.

Education has always been of great importance to the KOMET GROUP. Nearly 70 apprentices (industrial clerks, toolmakers, electronics engineers for production engineering, IT specialists, logistics specialists and DHBW students studying business studies, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering) are currently working at the Besigheim location. Of these, nearly 20 percent are female apprentices who in most cases complete their education with excellent marks. "We would like to inspire schoolgirls to pursue a technical education or a dual course of study through the Girls' Day and student traineeships", Heinz went on to say.

Press contact


Corporate communications:

Dr. Anja Vomberg

Phone: +49 (0) 171.5294084

anja.vomberg@kometgroup.com
www.kometgroup.com