A team of students came together earlier this year for Girls' Day 2019 at Parker's Cylinder and Accumulator Division Europe production facility in Cologne, Germany, to get hands-on experience with manufacturing to produce not just finished parts, but also a deeper understanding of their potential future careers.
Every year, girls and boys across Germany spend a day exploring occupations traditionally held by the opposite gender as a part of "Girls' Day" and "Boys' Day." This day is the culmination of a nationwide campaign to transform attitudes about "vocational orientation" and open new opportunities for the next generation.
Cylinder and Accumulator Division hosts students
This year, Parker's Cylinder and Accumulator Division Europe in Cologne, Germany
, joined more than 10,000 other host sites to participate in Girls' Day 2019. The facility welcomed five young classmates during Girls' Day on March 28 to help them learn more about careers in manufacturing.
Production supervisor Markus Hamacher's 14-year-old daughter asked him to participate in Girls' Day and he raised the idea to the management team. They enthusiastically enrolled as a host location for the event, becoming one of more than 10,000 host sites to participate.
Part of a long-term strategy
Parker's Cylinder and Accumulator Division Europe decision to host a team of students for Germany’s Girls’ Day 2019, was part of a long-term strategy.
"In Cologne, there are very few women who work in the shop floor area. We know women are underrepresented in this field and want to help narrow the gap."
Moritz Kinkel, a human resources team member for the Cologne plant
The team orchestrated a full workday for the girls, starting with a 7:30 a.m. orientation meeting to learn more about Parker before they geared up in personal protective equipment and worked one-on-one with mentors on the production floor.
The girls participated in each step of the production process. They were able to take home the cylinder they made as a souvenir of the day's activities and as a reminder of the opportunities that await them within the manufacturing industry. Throughout the day, they expressed enthusiasm and amazement at the production process, which they never might have seen if not for the Girls' Day initiative.
"The girls really liked it, and have asked when they could sign a contract,"
Moritz Kinkel, human resources team member for the Cologne plant who helped plan the day.
The Parker team is looking forward to participating in Girls' Day again in 2020 and sharing their expertise and enthusiasm for manufacturing with more students.
Purpose into action
And that is how we put Purpose into action. We seek out short and long-term opportunities to help break down barriers and to be there for our communities. And we strive to make the manufacturing industry and the world around us better—one generation, one girl at a time.
Article contributed by Erica Isabella, internal communications manager, Parker Hannifin.
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