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Wasserverband Lausitz Betriebsführungs GmbH (WAL-Betrieb) from Senftenberg, a REMONDIS Aqua subsidiary, was one of ten companies to be presented with the 2015 Brandenburg Apprenticeship Award by the Minister of Employment, Diana Golze, in recognition of its commitment to helping young people find a future career and its high quality apprenticeship schemes. Having received an award in the past for being a particularly family-friendly business, this latest prize once again demonstrates how social responsibility and business success go hand in hand at REMONDIS.
Social responsibility and business success are not mutually exclusive at WAL-Betrieb and REMONDIS Aqua.
A total of 72 companies had put their names forward for the award. Minister President Dietmar Woidke is patron of the event. Albrecht Gerber, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy for the German state of Brandenburg, held a speech at the awards ceremony praising the work of all the winners.
He said WAL-Betrieb was a company that was hard to beat when it came to helping young people choose a career and made a special mention of their highly successful efforts to counteract the skills shortage. WAL-Betrieb’s close contact to the local schools clearly demonstrated its ability to think and plan ahead, he continued.
“The schools always welcome this water company from Senftenberg with open arms. They use a variety of methods to help the schoolchildren immerse themselves in the world of water – from lively talks all the way through to simulation games. The children not only get to discover more about their own region but also learn about the interesting job opportunities offered by the water sector. For example by Wasserverband Lausitz Betriebsführung GmbH. Put in a nutshell: WAL-Betrieb is thinking well ahead about its future workforce,” Albrecht Gerber said. Helping young people also means providing them with good career prospects. Those doing an apprenticeship at WAL-Betrieb who achieve good results in their exams are guaranteed a well-paid job at the end of their course. “For the company knows that nowadays good, motivated and loyal employees are their most important raw material.” With these final words of praise, he and the Minister of Employment Diana Golze handed over the certificate to the company.