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22.10.2015, Mainz, Germany

SCHOTT AG organizes German courses for refugees

An internship program is also being prepared
SCHOTT AG has committed itself to a series of measures aimed at integrating refugees into German society. To start with, the technology group will be offering language courses for adults and school age youth. The first two of the ten German courses planned in Mainz have already started. The adults will learn to communicate in the most important everyday situations and the youth will receive linguistic support for their homework. SCHOTT was able to sign up students of the German language as teachers.

The company is also interested in the idea of offering internships for refugees. That package of measures will be rounded off by the personal commitment of employees and a Christmas gift campaign for refugee children. SCHOTT already conducted this type of activity last year. The integration activities are to be extended to all six German sites.

“Considering the developments in recent weeks, the integration of asylum seekers has become a national challenge. We can only solve this with great commitment from all social forces. We want to make our contribution, especially since assuming social responsibility has always been a high priority at SCHOTT. Our activities will begin with German courses because language is a prerequisite to integration,” says Dr. Hans-Joachim Konz, a member of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG, while sitting in on a SCHOTT language course held at the Industrie-Institut für Lehre und Weiterbildung (ILW) in Mainz.

Since the asylum procedure can take months and so far immigrants are only entitled to state-funded language and integration courses after they have been granted the right of asylum, SCHOTT takes action even earlier and provides targeted language courses for refugees who applied for asylum only recently. “We deliberately focus on people with a good chance of being able to stay based on asylum law, in other words on asylum-seekers from countries with a high rate of approval,” says Konz. 

To organize the language courses in Mainz, SCHOTT is working closely with the Malteser and the foundation Juvente, who look after refugee accommodations in Mainz on behalf of the city.

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of 1.87 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment. www.schott.com   
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