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Münstermann receives the Eberhard Reuther Prize as initiators of the Telgte Model: Dr Eberhard Reuther, former President of the VDMA (German Engineering Association) and also the prize’s eponym (left) and Magdalena and Bernd Münstermann, Dr Dieter Brucklacher, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Impuls Foundation (right)
Münstermann receives the Eberhard Reuther Prize as initiators of the Telgte Model: Dr Eberhard Reuther, former President of the VDMA (German Engineering Association) and also the prize’s eponym (left) and Magdalena and Bernd Münstermann, Dr Dieter Brucklacher, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Impuls Foundation (right)

Eberhard Reuther Price for Münstermann

To inform pupils from different types of school and from every age group, to enhance the tuition in every school subject with the experience from companies, and to offer the possibilities of practical applications of the theoretical knowledge.

These are the aims of the Telgte Model. On 26th April 2010 the IMPULS Foundation of the German Engineering Association (VDMA)  awarded the company Münstermann as initiators of this exceptional idea with the Eberhard Reuther Prize. The Foundation paid tribute to the superlative projects of cooperation between engineering companies and schools. Magdalena Münstermann received the certificate and with it € 3,000 prize-money from the hands of Dr Dieter Brucklacher, Chairman of the Impuls Foundation in front of about 120 guests.

Prize Giving Ceremony at Münstermann

At the invitation of the North Rhine Westphalian State German Engineering Association a mixed audience from business, schools and politics appeared to hear about the exciting details about the becoming of the Telgte Model and to congratulate Magdalena Münstermann most heartily.

The host, Bernd Münstermann, and the Director of the State Association of North Rhine Westphalia, Hans-Jürgen Alt, greeted those present and highlighted the importance of the networking of schools and industry for the development of a healthy sense of confidence amongst young people.

Dr Eberhard Reuther, former President of the German Engineering Association and eponym of the prize, took part in the prize giving ceremony.

The Telgte Model

"The Telgte Model brings schools and companies in contact with one another locally. The circle of participating companies has expanded from 8 in the first instance to 85 at the time of writing. Three secondary schools in the town of Telgte are also on board", reported Magdalena Münstermann. "What is unique about this process is the holistic approach. Schools and teachers can in all subjects make use of both low-threshold and technically specific contacts with employers from their immediate vicinity. Learning becomes more interesting and creates references to the actual working environment for both pupils and teachers."

Andreas Bäumer, who is responsible for business promotion in the town of Telgte, presented information on the Telgte Model to those present. On the web page an exchange platform for training vacancies and practical courses presents itself to interested parties. The heart of the programme is an offer of teaching units, which the companies have devised for each school subject.

In the laudatory speech that followed Dr Brucklacher praised the middle-sized companies for their commitment to the qualification of pupils and for their sense of responsibility for their employees.

Conveyance of values and practical relevance

Magdalena Münstermann described the forming of the personality of the young participants by 'positive joint-trainers', like master craftsmen, trainers, and colleagues at work as a central aim of the Telgte Model. For example the importance of punctuality, honesty and trust are optimally communicated and experienced at first hand. The experience of the relationship between theoretical learning and the practical application also leads the pupils very quickly to motivation, interest and curiosity to things that are interconnected.

"We want to work against the extremely negative image of the secondary modern school," she added.

The prize money is to be used for further concrete measures with regard to the Telgte Model.

Dr Reuther suggested a nationwide meeting of all initiatives, which, like the Telgte Model, have the aim of networking schools and industry.

We shall report on the further development of the Telgte Model.