With a high quality standard, Kessler + Co is committed to pre-school, school, vocational and academic education. For 50 years, Kessler + Co has been successfully training interested and committed young people in technical and commercial professions with an apprenticeship rate of over 10%.
Kessler + Co has been working closely with schools in the area for many years. For all interested high school students, we offer the one-week company exploration BOGY, for junior high school students the career orientation BORS and for junior high school students the orientation in occupational fields OiB.
We are partners with 19 kindergartens. A practical project is used to awaken the children's interest in technology. In addition, excursions to our company give the children an insight into the world of work and allow them to experience production processes at first hand.
On December 3, 2020, the nationwide SCHULEWIRTSCHAFT network awarded companies in the "Das hat Potenzial!" competition for their outstanding commitment to the school-work interface and their dedication. The company Kessler & Co. GmbH & Co. KG was honored with the 1st place in the category "SCHULEWIRTSCHAFT-Starter". SCHULEWIRTSCHAFT is awarding the prize, which is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, for the ninth time. The "SCHULEWIRTSCHAFT-Starter" category honors companies that are committed to young people's career prospects.
Kessler & Co. was recognized for its exemplary commitment to dual training and for the numerous career guidance programs it offers. The company trains over 100 apprentices as mechanics and mechatronics engineers. Among them are students from St. Jakobus High School in Abtsgmünd. As part of the AbiPlus program, interested young people between the 8th and 11th grades acquire a certificate of proficiency as a mechanic (IHK) while still at school. The aim of this offer is to strengthen practical and craft skills within the framework of an academic course of education. This is a pilot project for high school students that is unique in the country.
In addition, the company has been involved in career guidance for years, among other things with educational partnerships and cooperation with kindergartens and schools. Both children and young people are regularly invited to the training workshop, where they carry out tasks and exciting projects with Kessler & Co. trainers - always with the aim of generating enthusiasm for technical professions.
"A lot of heart and soul once again emerges from the applications for this year's award ceremony. With their exciting projects and commitment, the award-winning companies are helping young people to discover their talents and develop a motivation to take up an apprenticeship." - explained Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, at the award ceremony.
A jury made up of representatives from business, schools and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy determined the winners in advance. Hubert Fuchs, head of training at Kessler & Co., is delighted with the award: "We will continue our efforts to give students in the region an insight into technical professions at the highest level and to get them excited about technology. To this end, we continue to maintain close contacts with our educational partners from kindergarten to high school."