Five models for the successful promotion of young talent in the Ruhr region
Essen, 21.09.2015 | Young talent is an important resource in the region / TalentAward Ruhr honors outstanding commitment / Total value of this prize is EUR 25,000
Five prizes, five model projects: With TalentAward Ruhr, the enterprise alliance Initiativkreis Ruhr and its education initiative TalentMetropole Ruhr honored five impressive examples of the promotion of young talent on Monday, 21 September 2015 at the ThyssenKrupp headquarters in Essen. The prize, which was awarded in front of 600 guests, honors individuals that have shown an outstanding commitment to the education and professional development of young talent in the Ruhr region. The prize carries a total value of EUR 25,000.
The winners of the TalentAward Ruhr, which was awarded for the third time, are: Dr. Ingo Tausendfreund for his Bochum-based vocational school chemistry project RuhrChemAlytic, Mira Stepec from the association Durchstarten e.V. for her innovative occupational orientation model in the Ruhr region, Felix Hagedorn for the children's educational vacation initiative of "climb" in Dortmund, and Sabiha Cetinkaya from the Türkisch-Deutschen Studierenden und Akademiker Plattform, which encourages children from non-university families (including those in Gelsenkirchen) to consider academic studies. The special prize, which was awarded to a group of persons for the first time, went to Kurs Logo 15 of maxQ. Schule für Logopädie in Dortmund for the elementary school project "Wir werden Deutschsprecher" (We become German speakers). TalentAward Ruhr is funded with prize monies of EUR 5,000 each to support the various projects.
The laudatory speeches were given by Klaus Engel, moderator of the Initiativkreis Ruhr and Chief Executive Officer of Evonik Industries AG, Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG, Bärbel Bergerhoff-Wodopia, Member of the Management Board of the RAG Foundation, Alexander Jobst, Member of the Management Board of FC Schalke 04, and Michael Schmidt, Education Representative of the Initiativkreis Ruhr and Chief Executive Officer of BP Europe SE.
Garrelt Duin, North Rhine-Westphalia's Minister for the Economy, Energy, Industry, Medium-Sized Businesses and Trade gave the opening address. "North Rhine-Westphalia plays a key role in the German economy - and the Ruhr region is its industrial heart," said Minister Duin. "To maintain this status, companies need highly-motivated and qualified employees. The talents of today are the specialists of tomorrow. The talent promoters honored here today represent all those who are committed to providing school and professional education for our young talent.
Education representative Michael Schmidt emphasized: "Young talent is one of the most important resources for the successful future of our region. But many talents still remain undiscovered. Our goal is to find them and help them unlock their potential. The Ruhr region offers an enormous potential in this regard. The promoters of young talent honored here today are real models. We want to honor their special commitment with the TalentAward Ruhr."
The award ceremony formed the festive highlight of this year's TalentTage Ruhr, an educational exhibition that is unique in Germany. More than 50 initiatives, universities, companies, chambers and municipalities highlight where young talent can be found, and how it can be promoted with targeted educational offerings.
Dr. Ingo Tausendfreund, 43, shows children and youths how exciting the natural sciences can be. As a teacher at the Technische Beruflichen Schule 1 in Bochum, he formed a company designed as a school project out of a chemistry working group.
Mira Stepec, 31, helps young people to develop occupational goals and making the jump into an apprentice position. To this end, she formed the association Durchstarten e.V. in Bochum at the end of 2013. It offers occupational orientation workshops to high schools in the Ruhr region.
Felix Hagedorn, 22, gets children and youths excited about education, and communicates competencies that will be important to their professional future. He does this in an unusual way - with two-week study vacations under the motto: learning the smart way, always staying motivated (climb).
Sabiha Cetinkaya, 43, is committed to ensuring that more children from families without a university education achieve academic degrees. In her role as project manager for "Bildung" (Education) at the TD Platform, an alliance of Turkish-German university students and academics, she introduces academic studies to students in the Ruhr region.
Kurs Logo 15 of maxQ. Schule für Logopädie in Dortmund – consisting of eleven budding speech therapists - founded the project "Wir werden Deutschsprecher" last year, which communicates German skills to children from immigrant families. Supported by two teacher therapists, the apprentices helped 25 children from two Dortmund elementary schools for a period of six months. The project is expected to continue with additional schools.
About TalentMetropole Ruhr
TalentMetropole Ruhr, the education initiative of the Initiativkreis Ruhr, aims to discover and promote young talent in the Ruhr region. It endeavors to bundle the many different educational activities of various providers and agencies - as a central point of contact for youths looking for support opportunities.
About Initiativkreis Ruhr
Initiativkreis Ruhr is an alliance of approximately 70 leading companies and institutions. Together, they employ approximately 2.25 million people around the world, and generate global sales of approximately EUR 630 billion. The goal of Initiativkreis Ruhr is to promote the development of the Ruhr region and strengthen its future viability and competitiveness.