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  • 2015 September 17 09:27

    Meyer Werft and Johannesburg expand cooperation

    Meyer Werft and the Johannesburg educational institution in Surwold are expanding their close cooperation The already existing work for the integration of young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds is being developed further to give refugees from various crises regions the chance of further qualification and, with this, integration in the society, the shipbuilding group said in a press release.

    In the first step, around 30 people will be accepted in the programme which could start in autumn 2015. With this concept for qualification as a “Metal technology specialist”, these individuals are given the opportunity to prepare themselves for and qualify in a recognised training profession.

    The strengths of both cooperation partners are united in one concept: the Johannesburg education institution focuses on integration and language skills, looks after traumatised refugees and also communicates the content of the metal technology specialist training in practical and theoretical modules. Meyer Werft, meanwhile, offers sufficient practical experience and a structured vocational training to enable the refugees to study for a training qualification such as construction mechanic later on.

    The management and training supervisors at Meyer Werft as well as the management of Johannesburg see this measure as setting the right signal to help people in the current situation and offer them a perspective for the future.

    As one of the biggest training companies in the region, Meyer Werft maintains a long tradition in the training of young people. The excellent cooperation with the Johannesburg has already proven itself very well in recent years.

    Papenburg, Germany based MEYER WERFT was founded in 1795 and is in its sixth generation of family ownership. The company specializes in the construction of huge, modern and sophisticated cruise ships. MEYER WERFT also builds car and passenger ferries, RoRo ships as well as LPG tankers. The company's affiliated unit NEPTUN WERFT GmbH & Co. KG in Rostock, builds river cruise liners and supplements the range of ships. The shipbuilding company has more than 3,000 employees and is one of the most important employers in the region. MEYER WERFT's order book will keep the company busy well into the year 2019.


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