16/07/10

Business Practice Program gives teachers insights into economy

Künzelsau/Niedernhall. For the second time, the Competence Center Economic Education organized the Business Practice Program “WiPP-L” for teachers from 12 to 16 July. 35 teachers from the administrative regions Tübingen, Freiburg and Karlsruhe were given the opportunity to gain insights into business life at Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG as well as at Würth Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG.

During a one-week practice phase, the teachers learned about procedures and functions in the companies. They worked in departments like Marketing/Advertising, Purchasing or Customer Services. What is more, some teachers accompanied Würth sales reps for one day and visited craft customers with them. “I was particularly impressed by how customer-oriented the sales rep was working,” Martin Wärner, teacher at Theodor-Heuss-Realschule in Offenburg, comments on his day with the sales reps.

The goal of the Business Practice Program is to provide teachers with insights into economic foundations and structures. Apart from the practice week in the companies, the participants also had the opportunity to independently acquire economic knowledge with the help of an eLearning Program and to take part in a business game. “I gained excellent insights into how a company is structured and how processes within a company complement each other,” Waltraud Dengler, teacher at Hauptschule Oberdischingen, says.

The new knowledge will be used in school projects such as the foundation of a students' company. The program also supports teachers in their efforts to establish contacts for education partnerships.

Competence Center Economic Education

The Competence Center Economic Education Baden-Württemberg is an initiative by the Charitable Würth Trust and was called into being by the entrepreneur Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth in 2005. The main aim of the competence center is bringing schools closer to economic topics. There is a close cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sports of Baden-Württemberg.