23 Jun 2015 Press Release

Committed to Volunteer Work – Dr. Kapp Role Model Award for NETZSCH Trainees

For the eleventh time, the Bayerische Unternehmensverband Metall und Elektro (Bavarian Association of Metalworking and Electronics Companies) (bayme) has rewarded trainees in Upper Franconia for their commitment to volunteer work and honored them with the Dr. Kapp Role Model Award. Among those receiving the honor this year were two trainees from NETZSCH: Kathrin Frenzl and Lena Friedrich.

Kathrin Frenzl – Award winner with special distinction
A total of 88 young women and men were acknowledged for their volunteer work, 25 of whom received special thanks for their extraordinary commitment. Among these 25 was Kathrin Frenzl, who is training in marketing communications at NETZSCH in Selb. Since 2004, the 24-year-old has been volunteering for the Kolping Family in Schönwald in her free time. She plans, organizes and rolls up her sleeves if necessary when it comes to offering events for all generations. Kathrin Frenzl spends several hours a week on her volunteer work and loves doing it: "The Kolping Family in Schönwald has become almost a second family to me, where help and support can be found whenever and wherever it's needed. It's simply a vital community. And I'm very proud that I can be part of it."

Lena Friedrich – honored for her work with children and young adults
Lena Friedrich does volunteer work in two associations. She gives swimming lessons to children six years and up in the Water Sports Club in Selb. And she enthusiastically handles offerings, mainly for children and young adults, in her home Fichtel Mountain Association (Fichtelgebirgsverein). Since 2013 Lena Friedrich has been in a program that combines studies in electrical engineering with an internship as an electronics technician for instruments and systems at NETZSCH-Gerätebau GmbH in Selb. That is why she is in Coburg for her studies and can only do her volunteer work during semester breaks and during her internship semester. And since Lena Friedrich simply can't do without volunteering, she has found somewhere to help in Coburg as well: "As a mentor, I look after first-semester students and help make their start at the university a little easier. And I really enjoy it."

Proud and impressed
"We're very proud of our two award winners," emphasized NETZSCH Business Manager and CFO Dr. Hanns-Peter Ohl. "Proud and impressed with how these two young women play a role in our society. They invest a great deal of their free time, and use their talents and ideas to help others. That merits great respect. As a company, we can consider ourselves very lucky to employ such workers, because those who volunteer are prepared to look beyond their immediate horizons, to take on responsibility and to work as part of a team. All of these are characteristics that are of great value to us. For these reasons and, of course, because we as a company are conscious of our social responsibility as well, we encourage and support volunteer work."