Germany: a Step Towards You press conference took place in the Kharkiv ILF communication center on May 17. The speakers presented available German programs and opportunities for professional development of the Ukrainians.
Executive Director of Ukrainian – German Alumni Business Association Viktoria Nesterova introduced Fit for Partnership with Germany program supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It has been working for eighteen years worldwide, and Ukraine has been a partner country for fifteen years. In total, the program is operating in nineteen partner countries.
“The project is included in the top 5 educational initiatives in the world. It serves as a bridge between German economy and business of the partner countries, and is being thoroughly supported and supervised by German government”, mentioned the official program representative in Kharkiv Natalya Yakovleva.
According to the organizers, top managers, entrepreneurs and middle managers from such sectors as agriculture, energy efficiency, and health care can apply to participate in the program.
“Almost every day we listened to lectures on different topics, completed real life assignments, and at the end we passed a short test. Another important unit was the practical one, within which we attended enterprises and established contacts with people, we saw an opportunity to cooperate with in the future. Everything was organized properly, so the program was rather intensive”, – said the recent project participant Andrii Dyogtyev, sharing impressions about his visit. He also outlined three main benefits that every participant gets: a view over the general vector of development of one’s industry, a comprehensive understanding of how to develop a company and increase its competitiveness, and contacts with potential partners.
Another program presented by the speakers was Internship Program of German Business for Ukraine aimed at students and recent university graduates of different majors. Supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, it represents the opportunity for young people to become paid intern at a German enterprise for the period of 3 to 5 months that makes it easier to find a proper job afterward.
The speakers also emphasized that Ukraine increased cooperation with Germany, and this tendency has clearly outlined its European vector of economical development.
Reported: Marina Kosenko
Picture: Marina Kosenko