Junior Engineer Academies
The Junior Engineer Academy gets secondary-level students (grade eight and higher) excited about technical professions and careers in engineering. The Junior Engineer Academy is offered as an elective at participating schools for two years and conducted in collaboration with universities, scientific institutes and companies. The project was implemented for the first time in 2005 and gives students the opportunity to put the knowledge they learn in the classroom into practice. Since the beginning of the project, the school network has been growing steadily. In 2017, nine new Junior Engineer Academies joined the network, which means that there are already 88 schools in Germany that offer an academy. In 2017, for example, students from secondary schools in Leipzig were able to research interesting telecommunications projects the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HfTL). One group of students developed a cost-efficient robot that can be used in IT classes at school.
For the school year 2018/2019, Deutsche Telekom Stiftung is inviting applications for new junior engineering academies across Germany for the last time. Schools that would like to integrate the teaching model on a long-term basis into their teaching schedule can submit an application to Deutsche Telekom Stiftung along with their concepts. Deutsche Telekom Stiftung will provide the winning schools with seed funding of up to 10,000 euros to enable them to set up a Junior Engineer Academy. Participants are encouraged to meet regularly at annual JIA conferences to share their experiences.
Year of voluntary social/digital work
Under the pilot project "Year of voluntary social/digital work" (FSJ Digital) in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, young people with an interest in media supported non-profit organizations, such as facilities for seniors and people with disabilities, with digital projects and the application of new media. Volunteers received media teaching support during their entire time on the program. The concept was tested at 25 facilities in Saxony-Anhalt. The program offered a wide spectrum of activities ranging from digital storytelling to creating accessible web content. The project was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and supported by Deutsche Telekom and NrEins.de AG. The project is being evaluated after completing its second year.
Calliope Mini – a mini-computer for young schoolchildren
The Calliope Mini mini-computer helps young schoolchildren learn how to program a computer. In 2017, Calliope gGmbH provided pilot schools in the states of Saarland and North Rhine-Westphalia with mini-computers. The Deutsche Telekom Stiftung foundation supports the project by developing and testing learning materials and course concepts. Ideas for the creative use of digital technology are currently being worked on at six universities within the scope of the "Elementary school digital learning" project.
GestaltBar – the digital workshop
Young people need to learn how to skillfully and creatively use digital tools so they can actively shape their lives and have the opportunity to work in a future-oriented profession. With its "GestaltBar – the digital workshop" project, Deutsche Telekom particularly targets students at lower-level secondary schools. The goal is to use a hands-on approach to introduce young people to digital technology and give them some insight into the different technical professions. Courses include topics like robotics, app development and 3D printing. The project is initially being conducted in four pilot locations – Bonn, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.
German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS)
Deutsche Telekom has been supporting DKMS, the German Bone Marrow Donor Center, since 1994. DKMS is the largest typing center in the world, putting potential stem cell donors in touch with leukemia patients. Donating stem cells gives patients the chance to be cured. However, to make this chance a reality, the donor's tissue needs to be almost a 100-percent match with that of the patient. Because this is seldom the case, every fifth leukemia patient in Germany is still unable to find a donor match.
Deutsche Telekom regularly conducts typing drives for employees who are interested in being included in the database and pays the costs for each typing. More than 12,000 of our employees have already been typed and more than 100 lives saved as a result of our longstanding collaboration.
National sponsor of the Deutsche Sporthilfe foundation
Deutsche Telekom is a partner of the Deutsche Sporthilfe foundation. In addition to providing financial support, the partnership includes various programs to support dual careers for athletes and providing telecommunications expertise and attractive offers to Sporthilfe athletes. Telekom experts give Sporthilfe athletes tips on how to conduct themselves at interviews and prepare impressive interview documents several times a year within the scope of applicant training. At the trainings, well-known mentors talk about the challenges of balancing competitive sports and a career.
The athletes also have the opportunity to apply for internships or job offers at Telekom using a special password. We take longer training periods or the failure to meet criteria such as internships or working abroad into special consideration due to the double load the athletes are subject to. Through our involvement with this organization Telekom gains determined, performance-oriented top athletes as members of its junior staff.
The Center for Strategic Projects (CSP) has been a partner of the international student network, Enactus, since 2009. Participating students conduct independent projects and implement business concepts in social and environmental fields. Activities range from integration projects for people with disabilities or mental illnesses to developing energy-saving technologies. More than 62,000 students at around 1,600 universities worldwide participate in Enactus. Since 2003, more than 200 projects have been initiated at 40 universities in Germany alone. The teams are supported by company managers and university representatives both in terms of expertise and institutional aspects. Telekom managers support the initiative in a number of ways. They help the students develop business models and organize their teams.
Ein Herz für Kinder children's charity
Ein Herz für Kinder, a children's charity initiated in 1978 by the BILD hilft e.V. association, works throughout Germany and beyond to help children and families in need. Focal points include child traffic safety, education, health, fighting poverty and environmental protection. Telekom sponsored the charity with a variety of donation drives conducted as part of a three-year cooperation from 2011 through 2013. Activities included donating proceeds from cell-phone collection campaigns and hosting charity runs. At the charity runs, Telekom donated a certain amount of money for each kilometer or lap that participants completed during the run.
The aim of the Digital Bridge launched by Telekom's Hungarian subsidiary Magyar back in 2004 is to teach inhabitants of small, disadvantaged settlements with few inhabitants how and what the internet can be used for, and to support local and regional IT development. All those interested in the program are helped by Magyar Telekom's volunteers through advice tailored to their individual needs. In line with its commitment to sustainable development, Magyar Telekom makes an effort to overcome the negative consequences of the spread of ICT and enhance its positive impacts. The initiative is designed to present the accomplishments of ICT in areas where the digital gap is present.
Everyone needs education – education needs everyone
With the "Everyone needs education – education needs everyone" project, Deutsche Telekom and its foundation, Deutsche Telekom Stiftung, support the corporate Volunteering efforts of Telekom employees at day care centers and schools. Employees who support STEM educational offers that go beyond classroom agenda, e.g., field trips, project days and project groups, can apply for sponsorship with Deutsche Telekom Stiftung. A total of 50,000 euros is available to support these activities.
Germany’s Relief Coalition, Deutschland Hilft
Germany’s Relief Coalition, Deutschland Hilft is a coalition of German aid organizations that provide disaster and emergency aid. Deutsche Telekom has been supporting the coalition since 2003. We have provided millions of euros through immediate and employee donations. Birgit Klesper, Senior Vice President for Group Transformational Change & Corporate Responsibility (GCCR) at Deutsche Telekom, became a member of the alliance’s board of trustees in May 2012. Deutsche Telekom also supports rebuilding and prevention efforts.
Christmas Charity Auction
The Christmas Charity Auction of T-Mobile Poland is an annual ebay-style auction run since 2002. Bidding takes place on the corporate intranet portal, with the amount raised by employees being doubled by the company. Each year a competition is held to decide which NGOs and volunteers get a grant. The project gives employees a range of opportunities to join in and help while also enabling them to discover new skills and the motivation to trigger new activities.
Geh Deinen Weg (Go your own way) – an initiative organized by the Deutschlandstiftung Integration foundation
Deutsche Telekom is a strategic partner of the Geh deinen Weg (Go your own way) initiative, which was founded in early 2012 by the Deutschlandstiftung Integration foundation. The initiative’s goal is to help young people with immigrant backgrounds get started on their career paths. We help the foundation design program content and provide assistance under a technology partnership.
“Go your own way” is a grant and mentoring program that puts around 180 young, talented people from different backgrounds in touch with mentors from German companies, institutions and organizations. The 347 grant recipients from the first two years of the program have their roots in 66 different countries with 35 percent being first-generation immigrants and 52 percent second generation. They are supported by 270 registered mentors (last updated January 2014). Chief Human Resources Officer Marion Schick and other Telekom executives also work as mentors. Grant recipients can also participate in different workshops and networking events.
Deutsche Telekom is involved in a variety of social projects in the context of the Group-wide "engagement@telekom" program.
Telekom's social involvement is based on two pillars:
- Corporate Volunteering (supporting our employees in their voluntary activities) & Corporate Giving (donations).
- Long-term partnerships with non-profit organizations
In the context of Corporate Volunteering, Telekom supports voluntary activities of its employees. Non-profit organizations in Germany can introduce their projects and ask for support via an online platform. Employees also have the chance to propose new projects and ask for support. We have started to internationalize the platform in order to create an international forum for such projects. We are also involved in making corporate donations (Corporate Giving) worldwide.
In terms of our involvement in partnerships, Telekom acts as a reliable partner to a large number of social institutions – both nationally and internationally. We support them as a technology partner or by raising awareness of their causes at our company and asking our employees to get involved. We have been partnering with a large number of organizations for many years. In case of disaster we provide immediate aid and reconstruction assistance in the form of equipment and money. Our employees also help out as volunteers when disaster strikes. In the future, we are also planning to become active disaster prevention efforts.
"Yes, I can!" initiative
Deutsche Telekom launched the "Yes, I can!" initiative in 2009 and organized it as a non-profit organization in 2011. The organization's goal is to improve opportunities for children between the ages of 9 and 14 from low-income neighborhoods by helping them acquire specific skills. The initiative bases its efforts on the key competencies defined by the OECD that young people need in order to be successful in life. According to the OECD, key competencies include being able to act independently and interact successfully in different social groups as well as being able to communicate with ease and apply what they have learned. "Yes, I can!" promotes projects and activities targeted at helping children and young people acquire such key competencies.
The "Yes, I can!" initiative has been an official measure of the Education for Sustainable Development UN Decade (2005-2014) spearheaded by the United Nations since 2013. It is thus considered a UN Decade flagship project. Projects that integrate the concept of education for sustainable development into the national education system, making an important contribution to achieving the goals spelled out by the UN Decade, are acknowledged as "official measures."
My chance to get going
The decreasing number of students finishing their secondary education makes it harder for Deutsche Telekom to find suitable applicants for current training openings and cooperative degree courses in certain subject areas and at an increasing number of locations. Identifying and developing hidden potential and talent is one of our key challenges today. That is why we launched the "My chance to get going" project in the fall of 2009 together with the German Federal Employment Agency to support and integrate young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. With the help of a special entry-level training scheme, they train the skills needed for a vocational training program. The scheme is designed to achieve two main objectives:
- Young people who got off to a difficult start are given a concrete perspective for a training position and the chance for employment at the company in the long term.
- Secondly, we want to create structures that enable us to continue to offer quality training programs for young people even though trainees on vocational training programs will be much more heterogeneous in the future.