24. November 2006

HARTING goes for double undergraduate studies in Mühlenkreis

At work in the trainee workshop (from left): Matthias Wiehe, Henrik Stegmann and Gerrit Meyer. Three students are taking the dual study program at HARTING.

The three HARTING students together with their fellow students and Prof. Ludger Bölke, study area director for electronics and mechatronics at the FHWT in Oldenburg.

"Active around the world and rooted at home". This was the motto used by the HARTING Technology Group to signal that, even in future, it would itself train a major part of its own up-and-coming technicians, and employ them appropriately in the globally active group.

"Active around the world and rooted at home". This was the motto used by the HARTING Technology Group to signal that, even in future, it would itself train a major part of its own up-and-coming technicians, and employ them appropriately in the globally active group.

This is also the reason why HARTING, as one of the founding members, has been a particularly committed participant in the "Mühlenkreis Dual Undergraduate Study Program" interest group. The new "teaching center", operated in cooperation with the Private Technical College of Vechta, Diepholz, Oldenburg (FHWT) in Espelkamp, was set up with the aim of strengthening the economic regions of Minden-Lübbecke and Herford. HARTING had also spoken out strongly in favor of expanding this teaching center located in the Founders' and Users' Center (GAZ) in Espelkamp into a "higher education teaching center". "Besides the first and second basic study semesters, this would also require that we offer the third and fourth basic study semesters on-site. To reach this goal, we need further companies to take part and offer the dual study program in-house," says Dr. Michael Pütz, Senior Vice President Human Resources at HARTING.

Since August 2006, the company has offered three students from the region a dual qualification as part of the dual study program. Along with the practice-oriented engineering undergraduate study program, the three students are also taking vocational studies in mechatronics under the auspices of the East-Westphalia Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Oldenburg. Along with their study fees, HARTING is also paying the students a trainee salary.

"Particularly in view of demographic shifts, the future of education is more important than ever for companies, says Jörg Netza, head of personnel development, personnel marketing, and personnel fundamentals for the HARTING Technology Group. "Qualified employees create the basis for the company's success. Along with its very well-trained core workforce, HARTING has always place great emphasis on its own in-house trained staff. The fact that they train in-house, and go on to train further in-house, contributes to ensuring the long-term future of the company."

"The integration of the dual study program will become a fixed institution in our company. For the next training year for summer 2007, we are planning to once again take on at least two students as part of the dual study program for Bachelor of Engineering degrees in the area of mechatronics," explains Dr. Michael Pütz. "At the same time we are challenging other companies in our region to actively engage with the topic of the dual study program and to help us pave the way for the foundation of a higher education teaching center in our region."