Press Release

Trainee Welcome Day: Dillinger and Saarstahl welcome 135 new trainees

14 September 2020

The first day at the company is a very special day for new trainees. The eagerness to start training and this new phase of their lives was clearly palpable among the 135 young people who started their future careers today at Dillinger and Saarstahl.

Dillinger and Saarstahl have for many years relied on their own strong supply of young, skilled employees and are among the most important training companies in the region. “Even under the currently difficult economic conditions, we are maintaining our high level of training and offer young people first-class vocational training at the highest technical level,” said Joerg Disteldorf, Chief Human Resources Officer for Dillinger and Saarstahl.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was not possible this year to welcome the 135 young trainees as one large group. The trainees therefore started their first day of work in small groups and were welcomed in parallel in Dillingen and Völklingen by their trainers, works council members and youth representatives. Chief Human Resources Officer Joerg Disteldorf joined in with a video message: “We are delighted that you have decided to train in our company! For the best steel, we need to have the best employees. For us, you are the future! Together with you, we will undergo the transformation process that lies ahead for the steel industry in the coming years.”

At Saarstahl, 71 young people are starting the new phase of their lives: 67 in technical and industrial vocations and 4 in commercial fields. Dillinger is taking on 64 trainees this year: 61 in technical and industrial vocations and 3 in commercial fields. As part of the training partnership program, an additional 7 trainees from other companies are completing training at Saarstahl and Dillinger. Both companies offer 10 new interns from technical colleges their first experience of working life as part of the one-year basic vocational training program.

Fit for the future with Saarstahl and Dillinger

In keeping with the motto “Steel diversity for life,” Saarstahl and Dillinger provide needs-based training and generally hire their own trainees after successful completion of their training. Pupils can choose between a total of 18 technical and industrial or commercial professions.

The trainees also have the opportunity to enhance their job skills with additional qualifications in the area of Industry 4.0, including programming, IT security or additive manufacturing. The tools for a successful professional career also include soft skills like the ability to work in a team and collegiality, which are a particular focus in “Steel diversity for life”.

Applications for 2021 in full swing

You can find more information about training opportunities at Dillinger and Saarstahl at www.stahlbunt-fuers-leben.deand on the Stahlbunt (@StahlbuntAzubis) Facebook page. With more than 500 trainees, the “Steel diversity for life” program at Dillinger and Saarstahl is the largest job-training workplace in Saarland.