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Supporting our people to achieve their goals
KAEFER’s success has always been built on finding and retaining the best people. We take pride in their achievements and do everything we can to make sure they can fulfil their potential at the company. From vocational and educational training to management and leadership development, we have a range of training schemes tailored to local needs as well as group-wide Junior Leadership and LEAN Development programmes. Our goal is to ensure that each generation of leaders is succeeded by another – true experts in their fields, willing to show initiative, steeped in KAEFER values, and able to further our goal of becoming even more sustainable.
Digitising KAEFER apprenticeships in Germany
In partnership with Bremen University’s Institute of Technology and Education (ITB), KAEFER began developing a new, digital approach to apprenticeships in 2020. Four trainees worked closely with students from the ITB on the required tools, content, and structure – all of which are currently being integrated into a bespoke training dashboard under the direct supervision of Marc-André Kujau who is directly reporting to KAEFER Industrie Managing Director Gregor Bochynek.
Trainers and trainees alike have their own company accounts, all linked to the personalised dashboards and accessed via tablets or display screens at the training centre. Looking ahead, subsequent intakes of trainees will be able to re-use and add to KAEFER course material across the complete range of relevant topics.
Supporting the next generation in South Africa and Brazil
Always willing to give something back, KAEFER people around the world devote time and energy to supporting educational initiatives in the communities where they work. In South Africa, KAEFER were proud to sponsor Nontuthuko Mgabhi’s extraordinary feat of running seven marathons on seven consecutive days on seven different continents, and contribute to the construction of five new, fully furnished classrooms at Khiphinkuzi Primary School. Have a look at the video here.
In Brazil, RIP Serviços Industriais supported the Essential Stimulation Project which works through a multidisciplinary team (including a social worker, physiotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, pedagogue, and psychologist) to provide educational, sports and cultural activities for children up to the age of 14 and improve quality of life of people with disabilities. RIP in Brazil also supports the Villa Workshops project, providing a range of cultural activities including ballet, capoeira and music. Classes were suspended in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic – but everyone involved (including the Ministry of Tourism and the Special Secretariat of Culture) is determined to see them start again as soon as possible. Click here for more information. www.oficinasdavilla.com.br
Training and career development in Poland
KAEFER in Poland were the proud recipients of the prestigious "Małopolska Young Worker-Friendly Employer" competition in 2020 – testament to the exemplary work of the company’s school in Tarnów which has been training young industrial insulation fitters, scaffolders and sheet-metal workers to the highest international standards for many years.
Standing up for diversity at KAEFER
KAEFER’s success is built on finding the best people and making sure they feel at home – wherever that might be! KAEFER people take pride in being part of a diverse, global company and share a commitment to making a positive contribution in the communities where we live and work.
The Middle East
In previous years, organised by the Employee Welfare Committee, staff at the Abu Dhabi main office celebrated a range of cultural festivals throughout 2020, including Onam, Diwali and Dussehra.
Due to the pandemic, the team in the Middle East was not able to organise huge events. Instead, they continued to have a monthly fun hour via video call to celebrate birthdays followed by trivia and games.
In Australia, KAEFER has become a member of Diversity Council Australia (DCA) – an independent not-for-profit body promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as Reconciliation WA, a not-for-profit organisation providing leadership, advocacy and support to people and organisations driving the movement for reconciliation in Western Australia. KAEFER Integrated Services makes every attempt to maximise employment and development opportunities in the regions where we operate. In 2020, for example, as part of a series of events to celebrate NAIDOC Week, the team organised morning teas and lunches with local Indigenous community representatives to promote the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
It’s not always easy finding the right balance between sustainability and energy security – a situation that becomes even more complicated in culturally sensitive environments such as Kitimat, a small municipality on the North Coast of Canada’s British Columbia. Surrounded by wilderness, mountains and dense forests, it is the home of the Kitsumkalum, Gitxaala and Haisla (‘People of the Snow’ in their own language, who have lived on these lands for over 9,000 years) and also the location of some of the largest known gas deposits in the world. Billions of dollars are being invested in a new terminal for the liquefaction, storage and loading of LNG and – with our expertise in cryogenic insulation and modular pre-insulation – KAEFER is well positioned to play an important role.
That also means playing our part in finding the right balance between respecting the needs of local people and the environment, and the energy demands of a world desperate to move away from coal. The first step lies in making a clear commitment to understand First Nations culture, working towards mitigating the impact of projects on their communities, and finding ways to ensure that everybody benefits. That’s why we recently signed a Joint Venture Partnership Agreement with the Kitsumkalum Economic Development Corporation formalising our commitment to maximize employment opportunities for qualified Kitsumkalum community members, provide training and development opportunities, and support indigenous businesses by procuring their goods and services.
The KAEFER FOUNDATION
The KAEFER FOUNDATION is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping KAEFER employees and their families across a range of issues, including:
- Prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and support for victims of these illnesses
- Education, apprenticeships, and training
- Natural disasters and catastrophes.
Funded solely through donations, it also offers support in the areas of academic and scientific research, youth development, health care and environmental protection. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we can make a difference.
Highlights from 2020
These are just a small selection of the many charitable initiatives pursued by KAEFER staff throughout the year, from raising money for Down’s Syndrome in the UK & Ireland to distributing 340 food parcels and 1,800 masks to NGOs in South Africa as part of a drive to support people through the pandemic.
Bremen's "soup angels"
The global pandemic affects people indirectly as well as directly, plunging families into poverty through no fault of their own and delaying vital, non-COVID related medical treatment. Throughout 2020, charitable organisations such as “Bremer Suppenengel” (a non-profit organisation providing people in need with food and clothing since 1997) saw demand explode as homeless shelters were temporarily closed. Determined to help, KAEFER apprentices delivered food from various traders to Bremen’s “soup angels” in a van provided by KAEFER Industrie, while the Foundation itself donated new kitchen equipment to the organisation. In Brazil, colleagues also played their part in the fight against food poverty. Supported by the KAEFER FOUNDATION, the team donated 3,000 food baskets to 30 charities across the country.
As Christmas approached in Europe, many families found themselves juggling food and heating costs as a result of being furloughed during the pandemic – and unable to fulfil the seasonal wishes of their children. In Bremen, in partnership with the WK Weihnachtshilfe organisation, the KAEFER FOUNDATION stepped in to play the part of Santa. In a separate initiative, the company’s headquarters were transformed into a giant Advent Calendar in the heart of Bremen, with a different local charity receiving a donation as each new door was opened.
The KAEFER family – Running together apart
Supported by the Foundation, hundreds of employees from all around the KAEFER world took part in a global ‘Venuslauf’ charity run, covering a total of 11,971 km and raising more than €20,000 for cancer charities. This was the first truly global charity event at KAEFER – and we can’t wait to see even more new faces and regions involved when it takes place again in 2021!
World AIDS Day – 1 December 2020
KAEFER has been involved in the battle against HIV in South Africa ever since setting up the KAEFER AIDS Relief Programme in 2006. The virus also takes a heavy toll in Asia where team members in Malaysia wore red ribbons in December as a way of raising awareness and showing their support for people affected.
Supporting the fight against cancer
In 2020, colleagues from KAEFER Integrated Services in Australia took part in the MACA Cancer 200 Challenge – cycling 200km around Perth to raise funds for cancer research. In Brazil, inspired by the Pink October movement which promotes early diagnosis of breast cancer, our team in Espírito Santo repainted the elevators at work a shade of bright pink –while their colleagues at the Indaiatuba head office in Sao Paulo illuminated the entire facade of KAEFER’s head office in the same colour. The head office façade then changed again as Pink October became Blue November and the focus turned to encouraging the early diagnosis of prostate cancer.