TRES promotes quality youth employment with a dual training system06/2020
TRES has been one of the companies associated to feda EDU, German Business School, for 5 years, taking part in duel business training in Spain and actively helping to promote quality youth employment.
Amir Golafshan was born in Hamburg (Germany) and moved to Barcelona with his family of Iranian origin, where he spent most of his childhood. After graduating from the Swiss School of Barcelona, he lived in Switzerland for 4 years to study and gain work experience. Back in Barcelona, he began his business management studies with the Südwestfalen Open University at the feda EDU (German Business School). One of the reasons he chose this centre is for its three-year dual programme integrated into the School’s training programme.
Amir is now alternating every two months between his academic life at feda EDU and his work placement at TRES, where he forms part of the company’s marketing department, the department he was most enthusiastic about, because, as he explains himself, it mixes contact with clients, the employees and the products.
During his stay at TRES, Amir proposed an idea to the marketing team to boost the brand of the employee and of the students in their work placement within the company. This article is the result of his own research and collaboration.
Valuing education as much as work
TRES has agreements with different universities and business schools to create employment and participate in the students’ training period. It has been one of the companies associated with feda EDU, German Business School, for 5 years. This business school integrates dual training into its curriculum. In the dual training, the students alternate between academic periods and work experience periods in a real work setting, throughout the whole of their degree. This type of education provides added value both to the students – since contact with the world of work lets then grow professionally and be able to focus their studies in a more realistic way – and to the company – since it facilitates the adaptation of young people to the different departments and to the company mentality.
A great mutual professional opportunity
For the Human Resources department at TRES, the option of participating in the feda EDU dual training programme is a great opportunity for both company and students. As Carles Álvarez from the HR department remarks, the real aim and achievement is that the young people feel TRES to be their company and want to grow with it. Consequently, there are always one or two students each year who stay to work with the company longer-term. The informal contact in the team, the rigorousness and the value given to the work done mean that they see TRES not as a mere passing company but rather as a place where they can develop their aspirations for their working life. Not only students, but also future professionals who understand the company, people capable of developing their work independently, but in line with the brand values.
It is also a coherent strategy to collaborate with this University in particular, since proficiency in German and other languages is of great value as the company grows rapidly with different branches in Europe.
Dual training: university studies with real preparation for the future
As well as professional knowledge, the Business School gives students the opportunity to be in an international setting, both at the School and in the company, bringing them the added value of learning German, English and Spanish. As feda EDU director Mr. Hano explains, the students study in small groups where they must learn to manage themselves. They take on responsibility for the group and learn to self-organise. Thanks to the extensive practicals integrated into the curriculum, they obtain excellent career prospects, learn that they also contribute personal value as a collaborator and develop professional relations in large international companies.
The experience is proving to be incredibly positive for the students carrying out these work placements at TRES, as they value the new vision which working in a real setting brings. As they remark among themselves, the team dynamics, the contact with the rest of the staff and the daily atmosphere is stimulating for them and gives them new experiences which would be more difficult to have under other circumstances. They emphasise the contact with different types of client and the search for solutions effectively and rapidly as a unique learning experience for the future.
The students who undergo part of their training at TRES rotate between different departments in each work placement period so that they can understand the operation of the company in a more comprehensive manner. One of the departments which welcomes students is Customer Service. Its manager, Dario Solé, speaks of the advantage which incorporating new interns represents. They contribute new ideas and many skills which regenerate the dynamics of the team itself. Moreover, the usual staff are at hand to help train the students on their practicals so they can grow, and finally work self-sufficiently. The relationship built is greatly beneficial for both parties.