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
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
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,"
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
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