Refugees from Pakistan start permanent employment at K&B

Koenig & Bauer's vocational training program

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Bilal Ahmad (2nd from left) and Saad Malik (centre) proudly present their training certificates. They received their permanent employment contracts from Ralf Sammeck, member of the Koenig & Bauer management board and CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, Jochen Mann, head of training (2nd from right) and Markus Rasche, head of human resources (right)
Bilal Ahmad (2nd from left) and Saad Malik (centre) proudly present their training certificates. They received their permanent employment contracts from Ralf Sammeck, member of the Koenig & Bauer management board and CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, Jochen Mann, head of training (2nd from right) and Markus Rasche, head of human resources (right)

In 2015, when the refugee crisis reached its peak, two Pakistanis began their vocational training at Koenig & Bauer (K&B) in Radebeul near Dresden. After almost 4 years of training, the two, who fled for political and religious reasons, have now received their CIC certificates as skilled workers.

They learned the trade of mechatronics technician, one of the most demanding apprenticeships in Germany. With their vocational qualifications, Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed has taken both of them into permanent employment. Bilal Ahmad now works in printing tower assembly, while Saad Malik assembles electrical components on the feeders of Rapida sheetfed offset presses.

Saad Malik now has his qualification in mechatronics. As a skilled worker he now installs electronic components in the printing towers of Rapida sheetfed offset presses
Saad Malik now has his qualification in mechatronics. As a skilled worker he now installs electronic components in the printing towers of Rapida sheetfed offset presses

Successful teamwork

Ahmad and Malik became the first refugees to pass the standard examinations in the Chamber district of Dresden CIC in mechatronics technician. All this was possible because of the 10-strong teaching group of this class. Jochen Mann, head of vocational training, K&B, said, “They all helped them and supported them with every trick in the book. They studied together, repeated the subject matter with the two refugees and explained the processes to them.”

Through the Senior Expert Service, a former master trainer supported Ahmad and Malik in the last three months before the exams so that they can understand and answer the complex questions asked in German by the CIC. In the end, they passed the exams with better results than some trainees from Germany.

Head of training Jochen Mann (right) with the two award-winning young skilled workers Theodor Hahn (left) and Tom Noack (5)
Head of training Jochen Mann (right) with the two award-winning young skilled workers Theodor Hahn (left) and Tom Noack (5)

Sachsenmetall Award for Best of the Year

This year, the employers’ association Sachsenmetall awarded Tom Noack with ‘Best young skilled worker in the electrical trades.’ He was also instrumental in supporting the two refugees in their training. The industrial mechanic, Theodor Hahn, received the award of ‘Best young skilled worker in the industrial metal trades.’