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Holcim apprentices in Germany are welcomed on site

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World Cement,

For many years now, the new apprentices from Holcim Germany have been meeting for three days to get to know each other in the Lüneburger Heide at the beginning of their apprenticeship – only in Baden-Württemberg it does not start until September because the summer holidays start later. In 2020, however, as in so many areas of life, everything was different; ‘Holcim on Tour’ became ‘Holcim on site’ due to the coronavirus. The trainees started directly at their new work locations.

Nonetheless, the newcomers were given a warm welcome, albeit with the necessary distance. At least digitally, there was also a first meeting across locations on the start day: Holcim HR Director, Joachim Dietz, welcomed the new generation to Holcim in a video conference. He described his own career in the company, which also began with an apprenticeship.

A small welcome programme was organised at each of the locations. The company and the parent company LafargeHolcim were presented, the expectations of the apprentices and the company compared, and getting to know each other promoted through teamwork and shared meals. As part of factory tours, the trainees got a feel for their work environment and of course the subject of occupational health and safety also played a major role.

“I am delighted that we have again been able to attract so many motivated newcomers to Holcim and I wish everyone a good start with us – a warm welcome!”, said Joachim Dietz. "It's a shame that ‘Holcim on Tour’ couldn't take place this time, but maybe we'll be able to catch up on the meeting of the class hopefully when normality has returned."

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