EQJ programme participants enter vocational training at Plant Leipzig.

Since August 2016 BMW Group Plant Leipzig has had 44 new trainees. Among them are six refugees who took part in the pre-vocational EQ training programme.

Six of the original eleven participants in the pre-vocational training programme for young people (EQ), were able to start their vocational training BMW Group Plant Leipzig in early August 2016. The EQ programme is run by the BMW Group in collaboration with the federal Agency for Employment. Having fled their homelands to escape war and persecution, the six successful participants are thrilled to have overcome the challenges and successfully completed their pre-vocational training in Germany.

HR Director Dirk Wottgen recalls that in the early days, the language was a particular challenge: “We soon realised that language tuition to prepare our participants for their vocational training courses was the most difficult challenge of all. So we engaged a language teacher as well.” This allowed the young men to reach the same standards that apply for all trainees. Wottgen points out: “Nobody here gets something for nothing. Everybody we’ve taken on for vocational training can be proud of what they’ve achieved.”