Promoting Education and Training
Rheinmetall is also committed to promoting interest in technology, science and craft in the areas where it is located. Understand technology and try it out for yourself. This is the slogan under which young people are given the opportunity – as part of school partnerships, for example – to get to know technology through hands-on tasks and develop a better understanding of links between technology and commerce by gaining an early insight into the industry. The Rheinmetall Group companies also participate in Germany-wide action days and offer internships in a wide range of disciplines to school students or in the context of new vocational training or retraining. Over the course of 2016, a total of 289 interns (previous year: 380) gained their first experiences of day-to-day Company life.
We invest in the future of young people out of conviction. This also applies to refugees, who would largely have no opportunities on the employment market without assistance from businesses. In addition to creating 50 training positions at short notice, we also enabled 50 young refugees to take up paid internships within the Rheinmetall Group. Our objective is to offer refugees who have a prospect of remaining in Germany a real professional opportunity and to integrate them into society. Furthermore, through the Rheinmetall Scholarship Program, into which 16 sponsorships were incorporated, we are involved with the Deutschlandstipendium, a scholarship set up by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The increasing electrification of the drive train leads to diverse possibilities for increasing efficiency and further reducing emissions from combustion engines. Rheinmetall Automotive recognized the signs of the times early and endowed a junior professorship at RWTH Aachen for research and development of mechatronic systems in combustion engines. This professorship also conducts research into virtual engine development and the development of hybrid drives.