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Project “Workplace Seeks Woman” hosted by ELA

18 participants in the project “Workplace Seeks Woman” of the Emsland district and the job centre visited the room system specialist ELA Container. The company wants to offer more employment opportunities for women in the future. To date women at ELA mainly work in the office.

Most of the employees in the industrial departments today are men, for example in the container return station, the magazine, the container inspection and receiving station, the assembly station and also the lift truck drivers. “We are going to change that,” says ELA manager Tim Albers. The women toured the various work areas at the ELA headquarters in Haren, informed themselves about the company’s range of performance and asked questions on capabilities and career prospects.

16 of the 18 women could imagine working at ELA. This was the result of a survey after the information session. “We are very pleased by this high acceptance of our company as a possible employer,” said Albers. Some of the visitors submitted an application on the spot. Four of them were hired directly by ELA. “In view of demographic change, recruitment is becoming a more and more important issue for us,” Albers says. Cooperation with municipalities and job centres along with opportunities for information sessions are therefore part of strategic personnel management at ELA.