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AGA employers' association seeking "Apprentice of the North"

Applications open to best graduates from 195,000 north German companies. Deadline ends soon

Apprentices in northern Germany have until September 2, 2016 to apply for the “Apprentice of the North” prize awarded by the AGA employers’ association. Together with the Institut Neue Wirtschaft – Bildungswerk Nord (INW-BN), the association is calling on around 195,000 companies in Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein to nominate their best graduates from dual study courses on wholesale, foreign trade and services for some 16 prizes.

Judges are experiences HR leaders

Volker Tschirch, Managing Director of AGA employers’ association and Executive Chairman of INW, said: “The prizes will be in honour of outstanding performances and young business people’s commitment and their companies. But that’s not all – successful apprentices are good examples for other young people in the orientation phase. Our winners are thus also ambassadors for their apprenticeships.”

The association selects 15 state winners from five north German states in the three categories wholesale, foreign trade and services and also awards a special prize. The best three of 16 winners gain the title “Apprentice of the North” and cash prizes of EUR 1,000 as well as education vouchers. The other 13 winners receive cash prizes of EUR 500 and education vouchers. A jury of experienced HR leaders will select the best apprentices. Other partners include the foundation, Senator Ing. Albert Brickwedde Stiftung, which is offering a sponsorship prize, and Deutsche Bank AG. The awards will be presented during a gala in Hamburg in November 2016.

Over 3,500 medium-sized companies from north Germany

Applicants for the prize “Apprentice of the North” must have achieved a “good” or “very good” overall mark (81 points minimum) and a “very good” mark (92 to 100 points) in the oral/practical exam. The training enterprise must be in north Germany. The size of the company is unimportant.

The AGA employers’ association represents the interests of over 3,500 predominantly medium-sized companies in Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. The association’s main tasks including advising on legal matters as well as organising practical forums on labour, social insurance, tax-related topics and economic issues.

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