TalentMetropole Ruhr awards TalentAwards for first time
Essen, 02.12.2013 | TalentMetropole Ruhr honors four talent supporters and wants to enhance the regionâ€™s education potential. Each project will be supported with prize money of 5,000 euros.
TalentMetropole Ruhr honors four talent supporters and wants to enhance the region’s education potential. Each project will be supported with prize money of 5,000 euros.
NRW Economics Minister Garrelt Duin praises: “The socially mobile need supporters. The winners of the ‘TalentAward Ruhr’ are outstanding examples showing it is worth supporting young talent regardless of their origin and educational path.”
The “TalentAwards Ruhr” were presented in four categories in the ThyssenKrupp Quartier in Essen for the first time today. In this connection TalentMetropole Ruhr honored those who dedicate themselves to supporting young talent in the front rank every day. Host Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger, Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp AG, emphasized in front of around 400 guests: “The honor of the ‘TalentAward Ruhr’ goes to particularly dedicated women and men. But it should also make clear that here in the Ruhr region something’s happening, something’s moving, there is visible progress. Today it is better than yesterday and tomorrow it will be better than today.”
Supporters, talent and projects have been honored. Funds are flowing directly into the projects.
Honors went to Oliver Kern (Chief Executive Officer of the Verein für Kinder- und Jugendarbeit in sozialen Brennpunkten Ruhrgebiet e.V.), Nadja Wallraff (Fellow of Teach First Deutschland gGmbH), Suat Yilmaz (Coordinator Talent Support of the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences) and Thomas Bassek (Head of Training of Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.) Supporters from the region who commit themselves on a daily basis to a special degree to developing young people in the Ruhr region who do not have “classic” resumes. The supported talent is exemplary of the region’s special potential. In the kindergarten teacher Claudia Bartsch, the school students Alicia Maselli and Anna Nellissen as well as the apprentice Vesna Babic, talented people are being supported who are developing their gifts with great personal commitment. (You will find the prize winners in all categories on the next page.)
“We want to honor those who make efforts in the front rank of education and young talent. The TalentMetropole Ruhr highlights pathways and measures to tap hidden potential and make it accessible, encouraging everyone to follow new paths,” emphasized Michael Schmidt, Education Officer of the Initiativkreis Ruhr and Chairman of BP Europe SE. 5,000 euros was awarded to each project. And really special: in addition to the people providing support each of the four talented young people also received a prize – additional assistance from TalentMetropole Ruhr in the next steps in their education.
All the evening’s speakers joined in emphasizing the great significance supporting undiscovered talent in the region has. Together with the Initiative, NRW Economics Minister Garrelt Duin also pointed to the great potential talent in the Ruhr region that has to be enhanced much more intensively in future. “The upwardly mobile need supporters. The TalentAward Ruhr is simultaneously an incentive and a good example that young people can be successful regardless of their origin and their educational path.”
TV presenter Pinar Atalay moderates talk round:
“Talent in the Ruhr region – Looking ahead.”
Prominent supporters from business, politics, the media and society found their way into the ThyssenKrupp Quartier. TV presenter Pinar Atalay discussed the opportunities and barriers to supporting talent in the region with education and human resources experts as well as with young people. “It is clear to all participants that we have made a good start with our TalentAward Ruhr. Now we have to gain more business people and institutions for our common cause,” summed up Michael Schmidt, one of the initiators of TalentMetropole Ruhr.
Overview of the categories, winners and young talent:
TALENT AWARD FOR FURTHER EDUCATION AND DEVELOPING EXPERTISE FOR SUPPORTERS
Winner: Oliver Kern, Chief Executive Officer of the Verein für Kinder- und Jugendarbeit in sozialen Brennpunkten Ruhrgebiet e.V. (VKJ)
Talent: Claudia Bartsch, VKJ kindergarten teacher
Speaker: Michael Schmidt, Chairman of BP Europa SE
TALENT AWARD FOR INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT AT SCHOOLS
Winner: Nadja Wallraff, Fellow of Teach First Deutschland gGmbH
Talent: Alicia Maselli, school student of the Gustav-Heinemann-Gesamtschule Dortmund
Speaker: Bärbel Bergerhoff-Wodopia, member of the Board of Executives of the RAG Foundation
TALENT AWARD FOR SUPPORTING TALENT IN THE TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO
Winner: Suat Yilmaz, Coordinator Talent Support of the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen – Bocholt – Recklinghausen
Talent: Anna Nellissen, school student at Kuniberg-Berufskolleg Recklinghausen
Speaker: Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG
TALENT AWARD FOR VOCATIONAL ORIENTATION AND TRAINING PREPARATION
Winner: Thomas Bassek, Head of Training of HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.
Talent: Vesna Babic, apprentice at HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.
Speaker: Thomas Wessel, Chief Human Resources Officer of Evonik Industries AG
Background information: TalentMetropole Ruhr
The initiative “TalentMetropole Ruhr” combines campaigns from business, universities and institutions that support and accompany young people on their way in life. The initiative clearly presents support programs and helps discover talent. It supports potential and upward social mobility though education. With exemplary ranges of education and new cooperation agreements it intends to secure the skilled labor base in the Ruhr region.
The Initiative TalentMetropole Ruhr is sponsored by the Initiativkreis Ruhr, a combination of 69 leading companies in the region. BP Europa SE, Evonik Industries AG, the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, the RAG Foundation and duisport - Duisburger Hafen AG have committed themselves as founding partners.