German President Steinmeier at Lapp
Focus on professional training
Yesterday afternoon, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender visited Lapp Stuttgart to find out about the practicalities and challenges of professional apprenticeships. This was part of the week-long focus on professional education and has the couple as its patrons.
“We see this visit as recognition for the huge commitment we show to offering apprenticeships. We are delighted that the President and his wife chose Lapp as the only company being visited today”, said Andreas Lapp, Chairman of the Board of Lapp Holding AG.
During the visit to Lapp, the VIP guests chatted to apprentices, training managers and employees who have completed their apprenticeships and gone on to hold management positions. The topics included how Lapp attracts apprentices, how the family business integrates them during and after their apprenticeship, specific challenges, and what apprentices and the company believe the future of apprenticeships should look like.
“As a family business, we take our social responsibility very seriously. We want to give young people good opportunities for the future. Qualified apprenticeships are the foundation of this. We mainly train people for our own needs, as well-trained and qualified employees help ensure excellence and the success of our company in the long term”, explained Matthias Lapp, CEO for the region Europe, Africa, Middle East and South America.
At present, 65 young men and women are apprentices at Lapp’s Stuttgart site. One of those who spoke to the President was Tedros Gebru, who completed his apprenticeship as a machine and system operator in 2017, having arrived in Germany from Eritrea in 2011. “I thought it was great to see such a high-ranking politician taking an interest in young people. Good training improves our future prospects. And I’m delighted that I have so many opportunities at Lapp.” In recent years, over 90 percent of apprentices have been taken on full-time.