Dr. Gerd Muller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (left)
Dr. Gerd Muller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, on 26th January 2017, launched a new placement service - Weltdienst 30+, the young division of the Senior Experten Service (SES) - a service for all those wanting to benefit from the knowledge of experts and executives and know-how made in Germany.
The experts at Weltdienst 30+ come from all professional walks of life. They are in the prime of their working life and spend their holidays, a sabbatical or other periods of professional leave engaging in industry-related activities abroad.
Dr. Muller, in his remarks, welcomed the creation of the Weltdienst 30+ the new young division of SES. He said that this would now enable the dispatch of not only retired experts but also experts in the prime of their working life.
He called upon those who would like to use some time off work to give something back in their area of expertise and share their knowledge in a developing or emerging country - in a voluntary capacity.
He promised that SES would continue to receive funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Dr. Susanne Nonnen, Executive Director, SES (the foundation of German industry for international cooperation), in her speech explained that for over three decades, SES has been working to ensure that retired experts and executives can share their knowledge and professional experience with organisations in the developing world.
She said that SES draws on a pool of more than 12,000 experts from all professional spheres. Every year, it sends several thousand of these experts to approximately 90 developing and emerging countries because someone there would like to benefit from their expertise.
"ln practice, that means we receive an enquiry about expertise from Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe. We look through our pool of experts, select the individual with the necessary knowledge and send them on what we call an assignment. This assignment might take them to a workshop, a production facility or a service centre, a vocational training college, a healthcare facility or a public administration organisation," she said.
"Our experts provide assistance in all of these places. They get machines running and help to develop teaching curricula, set up training workshops, solve technical, organisational or financial problems, and many other things besides."
Dr. Nonnen pointed out that they had experts from over 50 sectors in crafts and technology, trade and sales, education and training, health care and welfare, administration and science. She welcomed anyone who wanted to take part ie opticians, physiotherapists, textile technologists, chefs, locksmiths, draughtsmen, etc. with sound professional experience and three to six weeks of free time.
She praised employers who are sharpening their corporate social responsibility profile either out of genuine conviction or more pragmatically because they are looking for new ways of boosting staff motivation.
She ended by thanking both private and public institutions that have contributed generously towards funding of the SES activities. She particularly mentioned support received from Germany's top business organisations and funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.