Blum - Moving Ideas for Sustainability

79 Laptops for learners Digital education is now an integral part of the Austrian curriculum, but digital learning only works if you have the technical equipment for it. That’s why Vorarlberg companies have joined forces and donated a total of 75 refurbished laptops to Caritas. Magenta Telekom has also provided SIM cards for free internet access and the Vorarlberg Chamber of Commerce has supplied 30 network routers. This scheme is benefiting the 15 Caritas learning cafés in Vorarlberg, as well as several refugee families. Blum in Africa Development partnership promoting dual vocational training in Kenya Our commitment to training does not stop at our national borders. Together with the state of Vorarlberg, a local sales partner and the Austrian non-profit organisation ICEP, we are now taking our expertise to Nairobi in Kenya. The goal of this development partnership is to actively involve young people in economic life, to improve their chances in the jobs market and to establish cabinet making as a skilled profession in Kenya with secure future prospects. Since the start of the project in September 2019, 42 cabinet makers have been trained, including 11 female apprentices. We are providing equipment such as modern machinery for drilling and installing fittings, as well as professional support in setting up a new training programme and helping train the teachers on site. Reverse mentoring Learning from each other: young people help the oldies in the digital workplace We have now completed the second round of our reverse mentoring scheme, in which the usual transfer of knowledge from more experienced colleagues to newcomers is reversed. This idea makes complete sense, especially when it comes to the “digital workplace”. Digital natives are used to the fast pace of the digital age and are usually quick to learn how to use the constantly changing IT systems. That’s why we have set up an initiative where younger colleagues act as mentors for the older generation. The younger staff are on hand to answer specific questions and provide helpful tips and tricks at a suitable and convenient time. We have also developed a special test to assess employees’ skills and help clarify whether reverse mentoring is the right course of action. Other important benefits of reverse mentoring include the networking opportunities and the development of skills among the young mentors, as well as the opportunity for multi- generational interaction. This is how lifelong learning works today. Competing with the very best Our high-quality training meets the mark, even on an international scale. Blum apprentices regularly take part in WorldSkills, the professional cham- pionships in which the world’s most accomplished performers in each profession compete for the European and then the World Championship title, just like in a sporting tournament. At every competition, the quality of Blum’s training is put to the test and our young adults also gain valuable international experience. Walter Schmolly, Director of Caritas Vorarlberg Education is the key to a better society. This scheme demonstrates the help that can be offered with a little bit of initiative and a network of different people. A huge thank you to everyone involved who have made this amazing scheme possible. Our previous successes at the WorldSkills Championships World champion- ship titles European champion- ship titles As of December 2022 Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze 9x 2x 6x 3x 13x