Strengthening the Bond Between Schools and Business

Cuxport and BREB present vocational options and the MAC Training Initiative

Gruppenfoto auf der Terrasse Fa. Cuxport (Copyright: Cuxport)During mid-May, the School/Business Working Group of the Cuxhaven Business Association (UVC) visited Cuxport, a member of the UVC and of the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG). While on site, the UVC delegation gathered information regarding the possibilities of intensifying the cooperation between schools and business. In addition to this, the participants were given insights into the structures of Cuxhaven‘s portside business as well as information regarding vocational jobs in the port of Cuxhaven. To this end, Oliver Fuhljahn, Head of Automobile Logistics, and Managing Director Michael de Reese presented the terminal operator Cuxport while Wibke Ehlers of BREB Cuxhaven & Co. KG introduced Cuxhaven’s Maritime Training Initiative (MAC).

Cuxport informed participants, which included i.a. teachers from city schools and representatives of various other regional agencies and organizations specializing in vocational training, about Cuxport’s offer for vocational training as specialized worker in port logistics or as computer and/or office administrative assistant. “Our goal of such training is to keep the successful apprentices in the company later. In the last ten years, Cuxport trained and took over 32 persons as permanent employees. At the moment, we have 10 apprentices in training,” said Michael de Reese. Cuxport presently employs 220 permanent staff and around 20 temporary workers. The company is part of the Rhenus Group; as such, employees have the opportunity to gather professional experiences globally at Rhenus offices.

Wibke Ehlers, human resources director at BREB GmbH & Co. KG, subsequently presented other vocation possibilities in the port of Cuxhaven. In order to keep young people up to date about the port and shipping industry in Cuxhaven and its possibilities, BREB initiated the establishment of the Maritime Training Initiative (MAC). Further, this initiative is promoted and supported by the Lord Mayor of the City of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, the vocational training schools in Cuxhaven (BBS), the Chamber of Commerce of Stade, the HWG, the Nautical Club (NVC) and the State Maritime Academy of Cuxhaven.

Presently, 14 Cuxhaven port-based businesses are part of MAC. The goal of the initiative is also to enable the trainees to have the theoretical portion of their training in vocational institutions close to home. Meanwhile, the initiative has already been successful in enabling local training for the school portion of the shipping clerk training to be performed at the BBS in cooperation with the State Maritime Academy of Cuxhaven, starting with training course 2018. “Thanks to the energetic efforts of the participating companies, this year additional apprenticeship possibilities were created. In this way, it was possible to continue this school program,” reported Wibke Ehlers. “The trainees receive a general business curriculum from the BBS and, at the premises of the State Maritime Academy of Cuxhaven, they learn the more specific maritime insights. Such a joint program is unique in Germany.”

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