“Taking expertise out into the world is what we do. And Africa is always part of our focus,” said SES Executive Director, Dr Michael Blank. “Team works! is an extremely beneficial addition to our portfolio and gives us an opportunity to incorporate a new emphasis. We are delighted to be involved in the AGYO.”
The new Youth Office, which was set up under the aegis of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is based on two pillars: “Team works!”, which the SES will be overseeing, and “Teams up!”, which is an exchange programme for youth groups.
Team works! is aimed at experts from Africa and Germany between the ages of 18 and 30. For young people from Africa, it offers an opportunity to spend around one month on placement in a business in Germany. Young people from Germany can go to Africa as part of an SES assignment. What is special in both cases is that the participants are supported by an SES expert as they navigate what is initially unfamiliar ground.
The first tandem teams are all packed and ready to go. A 23-year-old electrical engineer from the Ghanaian capital of Accra will soon be leaving for her placement at a photovoltaic firm in the Ruhr District whilst a budding chemical laboratory assistant from Cologne is all set for his assignment in a Kenyan laboratory. Their partners for the assignments will be experts from the same field as them – experienced professionals who have been registered with the SES for some time.