Members of the Technikförderung Südwestfalen handing over a reward

Now, we are an “Exceptional Talent Workshop”

We won a prize for our commitment to young people

We have been one of only nine companies in the South Westphalia Incorporated Technology Support Association which are officially decorated with the “Exceptional Talent Workshop” plaque. The award recognises our commitment to inspiring children, youth and young people for the technical and metalworking vocations as well as the so-called MINT subjects – mathematics, information technologies, natural sciences and technologies. This is an important concern for us Bilsteiners. Due to the demographic change in the region, it is necessary to “pick up” the relatively small number of pupils with attractive offers and to set important career paths. We have been implementing exciting projects in co-operation with local schools over many years. Important partners thereby include the Ennepe-Ruhr Future Through Innovation Network as a business unit of the South Westphalia Incorporated Technology Support Association, the South Westphalian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Märkisch Region Employers Association as well as friendly training companies.

For example, in the 2015/2016 season, we supervised the FASTER RACING team in the “F1 in Schools” international project. A miniature racing car thereby had to be developed on the computer and then built, which was expected to cope with the help of a gas cartridge with driving as fast as possible along a 20 metre long course. Team performance from construction, finishing, response time, vehicle speed, business plan and presentation counts for the result. In the end, FASTER RACING remained just 0.123 seconds behind the world record. We have implemented the TECHNOLOGY IS CLASSY project with the Ennepetal Secondary Modern / Secondary State School. Thereby, the students build a metal figure that sways back and forth on a pedestal, the so-called Swaying Man. In this way, they learn the basics of metalworking in a fun-filled way. Moreover, we are also engaged for young refugees with a basic metal course, continuing placements and, if they have aptitude, an opportunity for a training place.

Bilstein garage with pupils
Members of the Technikförderung Südwestfalen handing over a reward

All in all, we would like to appeal to young people of all age groups in the region and thus inspire exciting vocations with good prospects on the ground. For this purpose, we are member of the South Westphalia Incorporated Technology Support Association together with 71 other member companies.