School-Enterprise-Cooperation Projects and Why Companies Get Involved
My contribution presents results of evaluating the Praxisklassen-project and investigates the companies’ motives why they are engaged. The conducted semi-structured interviews with recruiters as the in-house responsible for the cooperation project indicate that companies show a high level of motivation to partake because they expect to generate major future benefits for themselves: Resources spent on recruitment campaigns can be reduced, and the prolonged internships allow them to screen the student more extensively for their own purposes. On the other hand, the results confirm the high relevance of school-arranged and supervised internships shortly before graduation and highlight new chances for lower-qualified youth. They profit by compensating missing formal qualifications with positive personal traits or practical competences and gain easy access to apprenticeship positions. The study gives evidence that these kind of accompanied programs result in a win-win-situation for all involved parties and need to be further supported by the government.