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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2011

48 Forschungszentrum Jülich offers much more than any old qualification – high-quality and hands-on training programmes ensure that young people are well prepared for the growing demands of the job market. This includes vocational training combined with university studies. International work placements also add to the interesting job prospects with a guaranteed future. Training with Prospects T he outstanding company infra- structure and the huge commit- ment in the area of vocational training are extremely beneficial to the young generation in our region.” These were the words of Mayor of Jülich Heinrich Stommel at the 50th anniversa- ry of Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Voca- tional Training Centre. Around 4,300 young people com- pleted their vocational training at Forschungszentrum Jülich during this time. In 2011, the majority of trainees once again completed their final examina- tions with the grades of “good” or “very good”. Of the 31 trainees who received their certificates in July 2011 from head of Personnel, Dr. Mathias Ertinger, seven- teen achieved the grade of “good” and five “very good”. Of the 40 who finished in February 2012, five were assessed as “very good” and twelve as “good”. An added bonus of training at For- schungszentrum Jülich is the internation- al focus. For example, industrial mechan- ics received a certified additional “Euregio Competence” qualification for the first time in 2011, which will improve their chances of getting a job outside of Germany. Other trainees completed work placements in Denmark and Sweden. In 2011, Forschungszentrum Jülich offered a total of 88 places for trainees in up to twenty-five occupations. In six of these, vocational training can be combined with university studies (dual study courses). Of the trainees who came to Jülich in 2011, more than a third aim to achieve this sought-after dual qualification. Forschungszentrum Jülich also expanded its range of dual study programmes in 2011: in cooperation with Aachen University of Applied Sci- ences, physics laboratory assistants will now have the option of combining their training with a bachelor of engineering in engineering physics. From 2012, Jül- ich will also increase its number of plac- es for trainees to a maximum of 115 each year. Forschungszentrum Jülich offers small and medium enterprises in the re- gion support when it comes to vocation- al training, for example, by offering spe- cialized courses. It also successfully cooperates with the Freshman Institute at Aachen University of Applied Scienc- es: a total of 51 young people, most of whom came from Asia, were prepared in English-speaking pre-university intern- ships for further studies at Aachen Uni- versity of Applied Sciences in the areas of technical drawing, electrical engi- neering, mechanics and chemistry. Well prepared and ready for the working world – trainees who left Jülich in February 2012.