GOLDBECK is a family-owned design, building and services specialist active Europe-wide with over 4,600 employees. The company hosted the 18th Family-Business Career Day in Bielefeld in a nod to the first Career Day back in 2006.
The Goldbeck family, which owns the company, launched this recruitment initiative ten years ago together with other large family businesses, the Foundation for Family Businesses and the Entrepreneurs Club, and held the first event. Jan-Hendrik Goldbeck, Managing Director of GOLDBECK GmbH: “We have managed to make people perceive family businesses as attractive employers.” Stefan Heidbreder, Managing Director of the Foundation for Family Businesses, added, “Family businesses are not ‘second best’ behind major corporations, but ‘first choice’.”
Stefan Klemm from the Entrepreneurs Club highlighted the successful development of the Career Days with some statistics of his own. “In total, over the last ten years, some 30,000 people have applied, 8,500 have attended the Career Days and more than 1,500 have found a new job in a family business as a result. At its première back in 2006, twelve companies attended. Today, we’re looking at 300 large family businesses.” Various media organisations reported on the Career Day at Goldbeck, including karriere.de
Festo, a global leader in automation technology and world market leader in technical training and development, hosted the 17th Career Day. Dr Ulrich Stoll, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Festo and a member of the entrepreneurial family, welcomed the approximately 650 accredited candidates who had travelled to Esslingen from all over Germany on 17 June. Ulrich Stoll emphasised that Festo was proud to be an independent family business. “We think long-term, embody a strong, values-based corporate culture and combine this with a professionally managed organisation with centres of knowledge, innovation and production.” The family companies represented at Career Day all offer their employees international career opportunities and exciting roles around the world, he emphasised. Festo, for example, works in 179 countries globally and employs nearly 18,000 people.