30.08.2018 12:48

Director of the European Vocational Training Centre was bid farewell on his retirement on Friday, 24 August 2018


Günther Weydt, director of the Euro-BBW for many years, was bid farewell on his retirement by president of the German Red Cross of Rhineland-Palatinate Rainer Kaul, its management board Manuel Gonzalez, political representatives, officials of the labor administration and co-operation partners of the Grand Region. 

For 18 years, the social scientist and quality manager headed our vocational training center for young people with mental, physical impairments and/or learning disabilities from Europe. Already in August 2000, the Euro-BBW offered trainings in three vocations to 18 young persons and pre-vocational training measures to 44 participants. Today, about 190 trainees learn one out of 18 professions. Additionally, we offer career orientation and trial work placements. In March 2002, the former prime minister of Rhineland-Palatinate Kurt Beck and representatives of the Grand Region officially opened the Euro-BBW. Since then, about 730 participants have successfully completed their training at the Euro-BBW.

Günther Weydt had the European dimension of the training center at heart. The Euro-BBW became an international meeting place by now. About 260 participants and 50 colleagues from Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Mexico and Kenya have completed internships at the Euro-BBW. Another 80 particants made internships in many of these countries. We also organised several European conferences, annual activities within the framework of the European Week and the participation in foreign fairs and conferences. Günther Weydt always kept new forms of learning and teaching and the encouragement of cross-border collaboration in vocational training in sight.

For Günther Weydt, quality management was a matter for the boss. Already in 2011 the Euro-BBW fulfilled the quality standards according to Norm ISO 9001 and was certified. In spring 2018 the Euro-BBW could also prove that it complies with the demands of DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. 

Günther Weydt was concerned about further steps on the path of inclusion: being at eye level with the participants – whether by common projects like the slogan contest, environmental competition or surveys or by practical training and network in vocational rehabilitation. Contacts to trade and political associations were also important for him. This was illustrated especially by the visit of former Federal President Joachim Gauck and Prime Minister Malu Dreyer in 2014. 

Practical training succeeds above all by a regional anchoring, according to Weydt. That is why there are two external learning place of the Euro-BBW in Bitburg: the Bistro Finesse and the Tea and Eifel Shop. Both learning place are well-known and popular with the citizens of Bitburg (see also http://bistro.euro-bbw.de und http://teeladen.euro-bbw.de).

Since 1st July 2018, the business economist Anita Sonndag, who already has a management function at the Euro-BBW since 2003, is the new director of the Euro-BBW.