Germany Embassy Chooses Charlotte for its Six-City National Road Trip
Published Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:00 pm
by News release
The German Embassy in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the American Council on Germany (ACG), made a stop in Charlotte on November, 14, as part of their Skills Inititative Road Trip. The six city tour is designed to introduce the German style dual vocational training system to U.S. businesses.
The tour kicked off November 13, in Atlanta before coming to Charlotte where officials met with Olympic High School students and members of the Charlotte Chamber. Olympic High School was chosen as one of the stops because of its innovative work with European firms (i.e., Siemens, Bosch Rexroth; Chiron, Pfaff, etc.) and CPCC to establish a similar youth skills training program which embraces the German model. In conjunction with the visit, German firm Bosch Rexroth announced a $100,000 gift of machinery to help better train and prepare Olympic students with vital 21st century skills that are in short supply.
The group's selection of Charlotte is particularly significant given that the region is home to nearly 200 German businesses that employ 5,000 people, including prestigious multinationals like Siemens, Daimler, Bosch, and Bosch Rexroth.
Chamber European recruiter Sven Gerzer spoke with Stephanie Baer, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Stefani Jehlitschka, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S.; and Michael Almond, Counsel to Parker Poe. Click on the video below to watch his interview.
From Charlotte the road trip continues to Arlington, VA., Indianapolis, IN. and Pittsburgh, PA. before wrapping up on November 20, in Newark, NJ.