Girls' Day: Insights into everyday working life at VULKAN

On April 27, 2023, it was that time again: As part of Girls' Day, the girls' day of the future, VULKAN opened its factory gates to give 19 schoolgirls from grades 4 to 8 insights into everyday working life and to get them excited about technical professions.

For more than two years, career orientation took a back seat due to Corona. "However, it is precisely the practical experience and insights into the working world of companies that are essential for young people on the path to career and life planning," says Martina Jahn, HR Business Partner at VULKAN. Girls' Day, which was originally launched on the initiative of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, offers schoolgirls the chance to get to know professions that they would otherwise rarely consider. And companies thus have the opportunity to attract the attention of tomorrow's young talents.

Exploring the plant and getting hands-on

In order to motivate girls to choose a profession in this segment and to introduce them to the topic of technology, VULKAN has also supported this initiative for many years. For this reason, the family-owned company from Herne offered the daughters of its own employees and girls aged 9 to 15 from their environment the opportunity to experience the working world in the technical professions on its own factory premises and to get a taste of the corporate world for the first time as part of Girls' Day. The girls explored the production halls and machines and gained insights into production processes and production-related professions. In addition, the girls had the opportunity to demonstrate their manual skills, for example by pre-assembling, packaging and labeling locomotive rings, changing inserts on tools, laser-cutting a chip and building a gyro in the form of a coupling. 

Feedback from the schoolgirls

"It was fun to work here," said Mia and Mia when they helped out in the pre-assembly department of VULKAN's Refrigeration and Air Conditioning division. "I didn't think it would be so big here," said Ella, who had only known her mother's employer from stories. And Iman can even imagine working in a technical profession if the report card is good enough. 

"Today, the girls gained valuable insights into technical professions and a small impression of what everyday work is like in a manufacturing company," concluded HR manager Martina Jahn. "We at VULKAN are happy to support career exploration days like this," says Sebastian Meise, COO/CTO of VULKAN. "For our company, this is a good opportunity to also present ourselves as a versatile training company."

As an experienced training company and family-run technology company in Herne, VULKAN offers apprenticeships in eleven different trades. The trainees receive professional and personal support and encouragement from contact persons on site as well as targeted exam preparation. After successful completion of the apprenticeship and corresponding performance, the graduates have good chances for a future-oriented job in our company. Information on training at VULKAN is available at:

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