Sparking young people’s interest in industry and encouraging new blood in technical fields – these are the aims of the Tec2You initiative.
The youth initiative was established at the instigation of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2007. The Federation of German Industries (BDI), Deutsche Messe AG and the “Germany – Land of Ideas” place-branding initiative acted on this and, together with many partners, established a joint action platform for co-operations among schools, economy and science, under the patronage of Annette Schavan, then Federal Minister of Education and Research.
Since 2007, Tec2You has been a central hub for the next generation at the “HannoverMesse” trade fair. An information and activity programme tailored specially to young adults shows school students and first-year university students the fun side of technical careers.
When faced with career decisions, many people often lack proper knowledge of the education options available to them. The young visitors get up close and personal with the technology industry through various workshops, seminars and guided tours on the highlights of the trade fair. Competitions and hands-on activities give them a chance to forge initial contacts with companies.
With 6,000 industrial businesses represented, the “HannoverMesse” trade fair is the best place to discover the comprehensive world of technology, with Lower Saxony’s capital attracting entire school groups from all over Germany. The Tec2You package designed specially for school groups provides assistance here. The group has two contact persons all day to help with orientation, provide information on the companies, and guide the students through the trade fair halls. By offering financial support, Tec2You package sponsors help familiarise interested students and potential young workers with technical careers and their own company. New sponsors wanting to support school groups with a school package are more than welcome. For information on the programme, sponsorship and registration, visit the Tec2You website. TectoYou means benefits for everyone involved: Final-year school students receive specific guidance on their career prospects in the technical fields, while businesses can present themselves as attractive employers to the next generation.