Ralf Sturm, Manager
of HR Services,
takes care of finding
news in brief
The landshut location is among the prize win-
ners of the Germany-wide competition 365
Where will the
Landmarks in the Land of Ideas
2010 for the development of the lambda-
personnel of tomorrow
Constant gas combustion system. The official awards cere-
mony will take place on 11 May on the campus in landshut.
come from, Mr sturm?
The distrelec ElFA Group has distinguished ebm-papst as
a Preferred Strategic Partner for innovative product
The job market is undergoing major changes. Companies are confronted with assortment policy, high quality, accommodating after-sales
new challenges in personnel policy. Ralf Sturm, the Mulfingen-based Manager service and reliability. The company is one of Europe’s leading
of HR Services, explains how ebm-papst handles these challenges. catalogue distributors for electronic components.
What is ebm-papst’s personnel policy? The Chinese subsidiary of ebm-papst has received
Our locations are in areas with a more rural structure and thus we have always the environmental award for its EC motors at
been dependent on the ability to pursue a very active personnel policy. We the International Energy-saving trade fair in Shanghai.
achieve this, for example, by consistent realisation of vocational training courses
and a variety of qualification programs. For this reason and others, ebm-papst EC fans by ebm-papst are at work in the Canton
has highly motivated employees with an exceptional bond to the company. Tower in Guangzhou, which with its 611 metres is
the second tallest television tower in the world. They
What are the biggest challenges today? ensure that the climate control system of the giant
Industry is noticing decreasing numbers of applicants in the vocational training tower operates quietly, reliably and energy-efficiently.
sector due to the trend to higher educational qualifications. Already foreseeable
demographic developments will further reinforce this trend. For a company in The 12
regional Youth research competition organised
a rural region, this means that the existing resources must be used even more by ebm-papst in Künzelsau, Germany set a new record. With
consistently so as to secure our own young talent and thus the existence of the more than 160 participants, who presented approximately
company. We have the advantage here that we have always had to win over our 80 projects, it is the largest such competition in the state of
employees with criteria other than the attraction of a metropolitan area — and have Baden-Wuerttemberg.
done so with success. Especially in terms of co-operation and the way we person-
ally interact with one another, we offer something that cannot be taken for granted. ebm-papst’s founder celebrated a major birthday: Gerhard
Sturm turned 75 years old in december.
How will young talent development be different in the future?
We will intensify our young talent development, but the content will not change ebm-papst’s Australian subsidiary is sponsoring
significantly. In order to attract the required skilled workers even in a shrinking the great hopeful in field hockey, Emily Hurtz.
market, we will continue to develop and implement innovative vocational training Just 19 years old, Hurtz was the leading goals-
courses and qualification programs in co-operation with other companies in the corer of the national team in 2009.
region. The close contact with the educational institutions and universities in the
region that has developed over several decades is also very helpful in that regard.
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