Schoolchildren in Germany enjoy almost 13 weeks of holidays each school year. When the family holiday is over and the parents go back to their jobs, a frequent question is: Where can we send the kids?
Balancing the demands of a family and a job - Groz-Beckert has addressed the topic. In 2008 the company began a scheme for the children of its employees. Ever since, parents have been able to rely on strong support from the company during the long summer break. Now, in the last two weeks of school holidays, it's off to the holiday workshop!
Around 120 children can be catered for altogether. Each day, between 7.00 and 8.00 a.m., the 7-13-year-olds are greeted at a former primary school. The school provides ideal conditions for the holiday workshop: the rooms are large, comfortable and spacious, and it also has a workroom, a school playground and a nearby forest.
After everyone has had breakfast together, a „Kids‘ Conference" takes place at 9.00 a.m. sharp. Here the children are introduced to the different workshops they can participate in during the day. Art, handiwork, dancing, press and acting are all on the agenda, along with sport, physical exercise, activities in the woodwork shop and natural science projects. Each child can select what they want from this broad range of options.
The activities are interrupted only by lunch together and a snack during the late afternoon, before the visitors to the Holiday Workshop are picked up by their parents again at around 5.00 p.m.
This year, for the first time, there is a one-week-long offer available for young people aged between 13 and 15. The programme, adapted to the age group, includes a natural science project on renewable energies as well as a stay at the Groz-Beckert training centre. There is also a chance for the young people to discover the world of IT - and also create their own homepage, under the supervision of company trainees. The programme is rounded off by excursions into a nearby adventure park and also an adventure pool.The scheme, supported financially by Groz-Beckert, took place in 2010 for the third time. Interest is steadily growing each year, and the number of participants was successfully increased again this year from 73 to 111. Employees and their children are equally delighted by the scheme. While the children are off at the Holiday Workshop discovering new and interesting things, the parents can rest assured that their kids are in the best of hands with qualified supervisors, and devote their attention to their daily duties at work without any additional worries. Everyone profits from this - kids, parents and, not least of all, the company itself.
Holiday schemes aside, Groz-Beckert also provides its trainees with comprehensive support. During the recent economic crisis, the company continued to place high importance on training. Training continues to be in excess of demand, in order to give tomorrow's high performers a good start in their professional lives.On September 1, 2010 a new phase of life began for 43 young people, when they took their first steps to a professional career. Twenty industrial mechanics, five mechatronics engineers, four metal dressers, five combination students, three DH students, one textile production mechanic, one IT specialist and four industrial clerks can look forward to a good and intensive training course over the next two to three years.