The Wissenswerkstatt has won the first partner for its new funding program. The TRIPS GmbH from Grafenrheinfeld supports with 2000 Euro as “Silver Sponsor” the non-profit educational institution in the Rückert Bau, where children and young people can take free technology courses.

“They do a great job, that must be supported”, explained the managing director Caroline Trips her motives and those of her brother Christian. Especially because technical professions are not “en vogue” like some others, but the economy absolutely needs skilled workers in production and not only IT experts, Trips continued.

Mario Lory, chairman of the board, praised the premiere sponsor in particular for setting an example in difficult times and, together with managing director Daniel Thiel, wished for many imitators.

Chairman Mario Lory (left) and managing director Daniel Thiel present Caroline Trips from TRIPS GmbH with the certificate as first sponsor of the educational institution.

The program offers three different sponsorship models. Companies, institutions and private persons can become a Silver Sponsor (financial support from 1000 to 5000 Euro), Gold Sponsor (5000 to 10 000 Euro) or Platinum Sponsor (from 10 000 Euro), each for the duration of one year. In return, the sponsors receive graduated benefits: from being named on the annual sponsorship board in the Knowledge Workshop and on the homepage, to a seal of approval with which the partners may advertise, to helping to design courses and an invitation from the Mayor to the “Schweinfurt Nachsommer”.

As a non-profit association, the Wissenswerkstatt will continue to be supported by its eight members. These include Fresenius Medical Care, Schaeffler, SKF, ZF, the City of Schweinfurt, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Association of German Engineers and employers’ associations of the metal and electrical industry in Bavaria. However, the Wissenswerkstatt intends to use the new funding offer to position itself more broadly. Among other things, the sponsoring will flow into new course offerings. Because many of them are fully booked, Lory informed that an expansion is urgently needed.

The TRIPS company has already benefited, as Caroline Trips mentioned in the margin of the presentation. In September, a young man started his apprenticeship as a power system electronics technician in her company, who previously did his federal voluntary service in the Wissenswerkstatt. “It is good that there is such an offer like the Wissenswerkstatt in addition to the school.”

(Text/Photo: Stefan Pfister)

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