Flint Group and German School Agree on Education Partnership
STUTTGART, GERMANY—April 25, 2013—Like many businesses, Flint Group believes it is important to have qualified and well-trained employees. To that extent, the company actively promotes young individuals with talent, offering apprenticeships at many of its sites. Currently, chemical assistants and mechatronics specialists are educated at the German site of Willstaett, where they are considered for roles as part of the printing plates production team.
Additionally, Flint Group establishes close contacts with training centers and schools, such as the Moscherosch School in Willstaett. This school center, named after the baroque poet Johann Michael Moscherosch, who was born in the town, was founded about 30 years ago. Today this technical secondary school (so called Werkrealschule) offers a general six-year course of education with an O-level graduation at the end. Thus, pupils get a chance to achieve their vocational orientation at a very early stage.
To further intensify the existing good cooperation, the Moscherosch School and Flint Group now have agreed on an educational partnership. With this agreement, students are offered the opportunity to become acquainted with operative processes and diverse job possibilities as part of their career planning. In this way, they will be able to get appropriate practical experiences, and they can get a realistic understanding of work place conditions and the job qualifications required. Flint Group contributes to the practical teaching and improvement of education. The students can take advantage of plant visits and one-week internships at Flint Group as well as career guidance at the Moscherosch School.
Dr. Thomas Zwez, managing director of Flint Group Germany, summarized by saying, “To promote young individuals with talent is very important for us, and this cooperation will bring benefits to both parties—for us as an employer, as well as for the young people to whom we offer guidance for their future.” Bertram Walter, principal of the Moscherosch School added, “It’s essential that our pupils have the possibility to start a high-class apprenticeship after their graduation, such as Flint Group offers. With this educational partnership, we have created a good basis for this."
About Flint Group
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 6,800 people. Revenues for 2012 were $2.9 billion. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.
Source: Flint Group.