Page Overview: Berlin’s support for newly arrived refugees
May 17, 2018

Berlin’s support for newly arrived refugees.

The WORK HERE! integration program at BMW Group Plant Berlin, which offers hands-on training for improved career prospects, is going into its fourth round.

In May 2016, the WORK HERE! integration program was launched for the first time at the BMW motorcycle plant. The hands-on training is now going into its fourth round. A total of more than 40 refugees have already taken part in the training at the Berlin site, which improves their career prospects.

On Monday, the latest round of orientation training began. Nine participants will gain practical experience in various areas, ranging from mechanical production, vehicle assembly and the paint shop to works council and site security activities. A broad range of assignments is available, depending on the participants’ specific skill sets and interests.
In addition, the program offers language and computer courses and specifically developed training on vital social and intercultural skills. After the six weeks, the refugees receive a certificate to attest to the qualifications they have acquired.

”With WORK HERE!, we impart skills that will facilitate the integration of participating refugees. As one of the region’s major employers, we help people who had to leave their home countries build a better future and support their integration,” explains Per Ankersen, Head of Human Resources, BMW Group Plant Berlin. “Our staff’s committed support for the refugees contributes significantly to the success of the initiative,” emphasizes Ankersen.

Sustainable commitment at BMW sites

Two years ago, the BMW Group launched the Group-wide WORK HERE! program together with the German Federal Employment Agency and its local job centers. The aim of the hands-on training is to make it easier for participants to access the German labor market, giving them a real chance of finding a job. To date, a total of more than 600 refugees have taken part in the program at various BMW sites.

The next WORK HERE! program at the BMW plant in Berlin is due to start in fall. It offers up to 18 participants the chance of an easier entry into the German job market.