At present, there is hardly a company that is not feeling the effects of demographic change: older, well-trained employees are retiring and the next generation is thin on the ground. In 2021, up to 40 percent of apprenticeship positions in some trades will remain unfilled, according to a report by the Institute of German Business. What can be done about the lack of young talent? ERICH JAEGER from Friedberg chooses an unconventional path - away from job fairs, job portals and online recruiting: "We want to establish strong and resilient networks in the region and have therefore decided to enter into a sponsoring cooperation with the Makerspace Giessen. The bright minds of the next generation can be found where new things are created. Exactly at such places as FabLabs, Makerspaces and Hackspaces. Large corporations have been using these places for a long time to promote young talent - and with the Makerspace Gießen, we also have such a place in the Central Hesse region," says Ralf kleine Brörmann, Project Manager Marketing at ERICH JAEGER.
The company manufactures electronic connections and control modules for towing vehicles and trailers. ERICH JAEGER has been located in the Central Hesse region since 1927 and has strong ties to the region. Nevertheless, the company operates worldwide and employs about 1,000 people. A classic German hidden champion.
Johannes Schmid and Nils Seipel, project managers of the Makerspace Giessen, are all the more pleased that the cooperation has come about: "For us, it was something new that a company would approach us. But it was a good fit from the very first moment and the cooperation talks were really just a formality. We agreed very quickly that we wanted to work together. We still have strong potential for expansion, especially in the electronics sector, which we can certainly leverage through this cooperation."
The Makerspace Giessen is a non-profit project for digital education and start-up support. New technologies, such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence or laser cutting, can be tried out and used free of charge at Walltorstraße 57 in Giessen, as well as participating in lectures and events on all aspects of digitization and sustainability. The project is supported by the Technology and Innovation Center Giessen, the Technical University of Central Hesse, the Justus Liebig University Giessen and flux - impulse, as well as by the city and district of Giessen and other sponsors. More information on opening hours, offerings and program at www.makerspace-giessen.de.