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  • Dear Readers!

    “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past but by the responsibility for our future.” This piece of wisdom was uttered by the great Irish author George Bernard Shaw and it would certainly appear to be true looking at the challenges that humans are having to face today: the need to protect the environment and prevent climate change, to supply sufficient quantities of food and raw materials but to conserve our planet’s natural resources at the same time. Taking on responsibility for the future means nothing less than acting and doing business in a responsible way today so that future generations have a world that they are able to live in. Being a family-run company that is committed to sustainability in each and every sector it operates in, this is exactly what we intend to do. We have, therefore, added a new slogan to reflect this mission:
    From now on, the REMONDIS logo will appear together with the strapline ‘Working for the future’. This is not some empty promise: every day, the 30,000+ people working for REMONDIS prove this is the case by collecting, sorting and processing recyclables, by ensuring our soils are clean and full of nutrients, by supplying water and treating wastewater, by generating sustainable biogas and energy and by carrying out joint public-private sector work to keep cities clean and roads safe. REMONDIS is, therefore, working for the future right now so that our children and their descendants have urban areas and indeed a planet that are worth living in. The present gives us the opportunity to change – and change is definitely what is needed if we wish to shape the future.

    One example in the Netherlands clearly shows that our neighbours are also thinking of the future. When a Dutch municipal company sells all its commercial activities to REMONDIS, it is certainly worth asking why they decided to do this. In an interview with REMONDIS aktuell, ROVA managing director Hans Groenhuis explains how European public procurement law determines whether a company can be awarded an “in-house contract” and why it is advisable for local authorities throughout Europe to think about giving up their commercial activities altogether.

    Just how satisfied are our public sector customers and what can REMONDIS do to further improve the way it supports local authorities to provide public services? We wanted to hear details here and so we asked them. The results of the customer survey, which was carried out by an independent institute on behalf of REMONDIS, are both encouraging and an incentive at the same time. It is certainly good news when not only our regular customers express their great satisfaction with the company but also the overwhelming majority of our past customers who could well imagine working together with REMONDIS again in the future. We will not, however, be sitting back on our laurels. There is always room for improvement when it comes to serving local inhabitants. REMONDIS will be doing everything in its power to optimise its portfolio and to provide both its contractual partners and those receiving its services with the best possible solutions at fair and favourable conditions. Working for people. Working for the future. 

    I hope you enjoy reading this edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Thomas Conzendorf 

'Apprenticeship Evening' for schoolchildren

Apprenticeships are really important at REMONDIS. Less than two months after the latest intake of apprentices were welcomed to the company’s head office in Lünen by the honorary chairman of the supervisory board, Norbert Rethmann, and HR manager, Andreas Oellerich, the spotlight was once again put on the subject of apprenticeships. As part of the ‘Lünen Apprenticeship Evening’, Germany’s leading recycling and water services company opened the gates of its Lippe Plant to all schoolchildren and their parents interested in finding out more about career opportunities at the REMONDIS Group.

Local firms involved

What professions are taught at REMONDIS? What subjects are connected to the different professions? How likely is it that an apprentice is taken on by the company at the end of their course? Does REMONDIS offer the dual BA degree and apprenticeship courses?  

These were just a few of the questions answered by the company’s HR employees and apprentices during the second ‘Lünen Apprenticeship Evening’. Following the great success of the premiere last year, a large number of visitors were attracted once again to the event which is supported by REMONDIS, the City of Lünen, the local job office and other companies located in the town. “The ‘Lünen Apprenticeship Evening’ provides us with an excellent platform which we can use to present the many different apprenticeship courses on offer in the REMONDIS Group,” explained Anika Dirkmann, apprenticeship manager at REMONDIS.

Getting to know all about the different professions

Between 6pm and 11pm, around 700 young people visited the Lippe Plant, where the company is based, to talk to the trainers there about the future-oriented apprenticeships on offer – from chemical laboratory technician and chemical technician, to IT specialist for application development and system integration, to being an industrial clerk, metal worker, truck driver, joiner or gardener. Interesting presentations and practical examples were given to show what subjects are taught in each profession. Emphasis was, in particular, put on the so-called dual apprenticeships, during which the apprentices do both a BA degree course at university and an apprenticeship course. REMONDIS has apprentices doing such courses in the area of economics and management as well as in IT and application development. The career prospects of those doing this type of training are particularly high as experts believe that demographic change will lead to there being a lack of specialists in these areas in the near future.

  • ”There is only one thing in the long run more expensive than education: no education.“

    John F. Kennedy

All in all a very successful event

“We’re really pleased with the way the evening went as we were able to meet some young people with great potential. This event has further confirmed that REMONDIS is an important employer in the region,” commented REMONDIS managing director and HR manager, Andreas Oellerich. “We would like to thank all those apprentices and trainers who took part for helping to make the evening such a success.”

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