23-Apr-2015 Düsseldorf / Germany
Girls’ Day at Henkel
Germany’s government program Girls’ Day encourages girls to explore a technical career by giving them the opportunity to visit a company or school that offers technical training programs or courses. The goal is to make traditionally male-dominated careers more appealing to women by giving them positive exposure to and information on technical careers early on. Henkel participated in Girls’ Day again this year, welcoming around 120 girls, aged 12-14, to its Düsseldorf headquarters, where they gained insight into career opportunities at Henkel’s laboratories and workshops.
Germany’s shortage of qualified workers in so-called MINT professions (Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Technology) make it crucial that more women pursue MINT careers to help meet the nation’s demand for qualified labor. Similar to Girls’ Day, the "Go MINT" initiative launched in 2008 by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research aims to increase young women's interest in scientific and technical degree courses and attract female university graduates toward careers in business.
Throughout Girls’ Day at Henkel, the girls got a taste for electrical engineering, metals technology, fire brigade techniques and production engineering. They spoke with firefighters and got close up to fire trucks on the Henkel grounds. These are promising and exciting careers, and the Girls’ Day initiative aims to show girls that they can be skilled and successful within technical fields and enjoy such work.
Girls’ Day has proven successful in sparking interest in technical careers among women. According to the Girls’ Day official website, 95 percent of participating girls in prior years assessed their experience as "good" or "very good". Sixty-two percent learned about professions in technology, sciences, IT and trade which they found interesting, and more than half were interested enough that they would consider completing an internship in the field. Girls’ Day takes place yearly in April in Germany.