Apprentice for a day

““Circuit board”, “SMD component”, “wave soldering system” – Abdul is learning all these terms as well as their meaning today. The 20-year-old Syrian is attending “Apprentice for a day”. The event organized by the Junior Chamber International Germany (JCI) addresses people from twelve to 26 years old who have difficulties positioning themselves in the employment market and is part of the alliance “1000 Chances”.

Johannes is showing him what it means to be an apprentice. He is training to be an electronics technician for devices and systems at Budelmann Elektronik GmbH. Prior to his apprenticeship Johannes also gained work experience during mandatory school internships. Today he will show Abdul how to solder SMD components on a circuit board by hand.

““It is not only important for us that Abdul can find out about the job, requirements and people, but also that Johannes can show him his tasks and daily work life on equal terms, so that both will have gained experience at the end of the day”, says managing director Jeannine Budelmann.

“We would also like to motivate other companies to give disadvantaged young people with difficult professional backgrounds a chance”, explains Ms. Budelmann who is a member of JCI North Westphalia and is on the executive board of JCI North Rhine-Westphalia, leading the department “Innovation and resources”.

And who knows, maybe Abdul will come back for an internship or even an apprenticeship after this trial-day.