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  • Dear Readers!

    Whilst the energy transition “experiment” continues unabated in Germany and the large energy providers find themselves in a difficult situation as they try to find out exactly what their main business now is, REMONDIS – as a consumer – has been taking action and has come up with some innovative solutions to tackle the energy problem. We have, for example, succeeded in considerably reducing energy consumption at our dismantling centre for waste electrical and electronic equipment at the Lippe Plant in Lünen by introducing a new energy management system. Whereas, in the past, it had only been possible to see how much energy the plant was consuming as a whole, a new software system – developed by the company itself – now enables the ­consumption of each individual piece of equipment and each individual light to be recorded. One of the responses to the results generated by this new system was to exchange all the lights in the plant with state-of-the-art LEDs. This has led to more light with fewer carbon emissions and lower costs and this idea is catching on across the whole of the group. This is what we at REMONDIS believe the energy transition to be.

    REMONDIS continues to enjoy healthy growth and not only in its home region of North Rhine-Westphalia. Our family-owned company has been expanding in the countries which are on its list of “core regions”. These include, for example, neighbouring countries such as Poland to the east and the Netherlands to the west. The Dutch recycling firm, van ­Gansewinkel, recently sold its Polish operations to ­REMONDIS. Furthermore, REMONDIS acquired the business locations and activities of the Becker Group in the south of Poland. Thanks to these latest transactions, we have succeeded in expanding our range of services for our Polish customers and strengthening our position on the Polish market – one of the company’s so-called core markets. At the time of going to press, we also received the good news that our Dutch subsidiary has taken over the Dusseldorp Group. This will considerably grow REMONDIS Nederland’s operations in the Dutch recycling sector.

    According to the Federal Office for National Statistics, the total debt of the local and district authorities in Germany lay at around 140 billion euros at the end of 2014 – and this figure is likely to rise. Some councils, however, are of the opinion that they can solve this problem by remunicipalising services that, they believe, fall into the category of “vital public services”. To be able to do this though they must spend large sums of money on setting up the necessary infrastructure – an infrastructure that private sector firms already have in place and which they could offer far more cost-effectively. We know from experience that the best solution is to work together as partners, as can be seen in the City of Freiburg in the Breisgau region. The PPP model continues to be a practicable solution that unites the two worlds in the best possible way and brings the most benefits for the regional economy and the local inhabitants.

    The arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees in Germany to escape from their war-torn homelands will mean greater challenges as well as some great opportunities for our ­country and local authorities. Let us work together in a spirit of optimism and confidence to create a better future for ­everyone living in our country. REMONDIS is there as always to help and advise its municipal partners. 


    Ludger Rethmann

Meaningful work at REMONDIS

  • It’s not so easy to go out and save the world “just like that”. Young people can, however, take a great step towards achieving this goal by beginning an apprenticeship at REMONDIS or at one of its sister companies, SARIA and Rhenus. Everything at REMONDIS focuses on sustainability, protecting the environment and conserving our planet’s natural resources. “Being one of the industries of the future, our three fields of business – recycling, services and water management – are all targeted at values such as sustainability, efficiency, resource conservation and climate protection. This makes our company particularly attractive to young people just starting out on their career,” explained REMONDIS board member, Thomas Conzendorf.

100 apprenticeship jobs in NRW alone

Once again, the group has been taking action to counteract the skills shortage by offering a comprehensive apprenticeship programme this year. The fact that it currently has 2,000 apprentices learning a range of approx. 50 different professions effectively speaks for itself. This year, 617 young people have joined the company, one of the largest privately owned businesses in Germany, to do an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship programme offered by REMONDIS, SARIA and Rhenus is particularly important for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia where some towns have been struggling as their economies have undergone structural change. 100 of the new apprentices alone are based in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Excellent opportunities

Future apprentices get to choose from a long list of professions ranging from motor and environmental technology, to metal, chemistry, IT, logistics, craftsmanship work, mechatronics, electronics and electrotechnology, all the way through to a variety of commercial professions. Looking at the ‘Top 3’ most popular professions, 21 new apprentices are now training to become an automotive mechatronics engineer and 52 to become industrial clerks. The most popular apprenticeship is the course to become a professional truck driver with 92 new apprentices joining the company. “There is a huge demand for specialists in this field and so the apprentices will have an excellent chance of finding a secure job in the future,” Herwart Wilms continued. Indeed the chances of being taken on after any apprenticeship are very high – with the rate currently lying at well over 70 percent.

The chances of being taken on by ­REMONDIS after an apprenticeship are very high indeed.

Many opportunities are open to apprentices within the company once they finish their course – both to gain further qualifications and to make their way up the career ladder. The apprenticeships themselves are also very interesting and varied, as REMONDIS and its subsidiaries and sister companies offer such as wide range of services and products.

There are currently more than 31,000 people working at REMONDIS.

New careers page

REMONDIS has already advertised many new apprenticeship jobs for next year’s intake. Those interested can find out more about the positions on offer and hear what current apprentices have to say about their work by going to the REMONDIS Group’s new careers page, remondis-karriere.de. A new video shows a number of apprentices from different fields talking about their job and why they decided to apply to REMONDIS. Young people, who wish to learn more about how their future career at REMONDIS may be, can take the interactive apprentice test. “By assessing their own skills, strengths and interests and answering some questions about what kind of environment they would like to work in, the system is able to short list what professions might suit them best and to present them with a detailed list of suggestions,” explained Kristina Rehahn, head of apprenticeships at ­REMONDIS. If they decide to apply to REMONDIS, they can then watch a video that explains the group’s application process and also gives some useful tips.

Something for everyone on the new careers website

  • Besides this section for future apprentices, the new careers page also provides information and lists vacancies for university students, graduates and, of course, people looking for a new job. “We have created a central platform with our new careers page that allows people to access the section relevant to them – whether they be a talented young person with the skills to be a future manager or fully qualified ­specialists with experience of their profession. Whether they be an engineer, IT specialist or logistics and sales expert – everyone is able to find out whether opportunities may be waiting for them at REMONDIS,” commented Alexa Dierks, head of personnel development. At the moment, REMONDIS has more than 31,000 employees carrying out their day-to-day tasks to protect the environment and prevent climate change – responsibly and competently, working for the future.

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