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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2012

48 Forschungszentrum Jülich’s commitment to providing vocational training for young people in order to meet the demand for highly qualified employees for Forschungszentrum Jülich and beyond highlights the responsibility it assumes for the entire region. With hands-on and high-quality training programmes, often combined with placements abroad, Jülich offers trainees a promising start to their career. Six of the training programmes can even be combined with studies at a university of applied sciences. Training with Prospects T hose interested in vocational training at Jülich are spoilt for choice: training is provided in 24 skilled occupations in the areas of science, technology, and business administration, as well as media design. In 2012, Forschungszentrum Jülich also increased the number of places for trainees from 88 to 115. Of the newly hired trainees, 36 took the opportuni- ty of embarking on a dual study pro- gramme. The high quality of training at Jülich was confirmed once again in 2012: the great majority of trainees passed their final exams with good or very good re- sults. Of the 39 trainees who received their certificates in July 2012 from head additional ‘Euregio Competence’ qualifi- cation for the first time in 2012, which will improve their chances of finding a job outside of Germany. As part of their training, they completed two work placements abroad at Technisch Instituut Heilig Hart in Hasselt (Bel- gium). Other trainees accepted work placements in Spain, France, and Sweden. Forschungszentrum Jülich continues to lend support to small and medium enterprises in the region when it comes to vocational training, for example, by offering specialized courses and a coop- erative model of training partnerships. In 2012, 13 new long-term cooperation agreements were signed. Collaboration with the Freshman Institute at Aachen University of Applied Sciences contin- ued: 39 young people gained experience in technical drawing, and in electrical engineering technology, mechanics, and chemistry in English-language intern- ships – ideal prerequisites for going on to university. Ready for the working world: 28 mathematical and technical software developers (MATSEs) completed their training on 28 September 2012. Forschungszentrum Jülich | Annual Report 2012 of Personnel, Dr. Mathias Ertinger, 24 achieved the grade of ‘good’ and 8 ‘very good’. Of the 40 who finished in February 2012, 5 were assessed as ‘very good’ and 12 as ‘good’. Four young trainees stood out in particular: Vanessa Derichs, Carsten Graf, Ingo Heimbach and Florian Rhiem were among the best trainees in Germany. The materials tester, the industrial electrician and the two mathematical and technical soft- ware developers (MATSEs) from Forschungszentrum Jülich passed their final examinations with the best marks nationwide. International competence is sought after in many vocations today. Future industrial mechanics received a certified