A life in two worlds
Most of the young workers are training to work as waiters, baristas or chefs. But there is something special about Günce and another twenty or so 17- to 23-year-olds: they have spent at least part of their lives in Germany and speak both languages very well. “They manage perfectly over here and at the same time they understand the mentality of our German customers,” says Gülsün Candar.
This training for the hospitality business is different from a purely Turkish qualification. “Since 2010 we have been involved in a close partnership with the Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) in Hanover,”explains the HR manager. Apart from being taught by the Robinson Club experts and state schools, they spend another year training at the Club, with additional CTI modules and then an external examination, which enables them to obtain the certificate of equivalence. “That means their qualification is also recognised in Germany,” says Gülsün Candar. Additional topics covered by the course include marketing, sourcing and more in-depth knowledge about service and kitchen work.
Günce Yildiz herself is a good example of how the two worlds merge. The young woman was born in Turkey, but just after she started school she moved to Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony because her father had a job in Germany. There she completed a Realschule, a secondary school which lays the basis for vocational training. “I had wanted to work in tourism for a long time, because I enjoy contact with people,” she explains. Besides, her uncle and her father worked in the family travel agency, so her links with the sector were forged at an early age.
She had already begun training in hospitality at a hotel in Bremen when she was accepted by Robinson. “I knew straight away that it was what I wanted to do,” says Günce Yildiz, who gave up her traineeship and switched to TUI. Her mother, who found the recruitment brochure, encouraged her to follow her instinct, especially as the family had wanted to return to their home country. On her days off, the young woman can stay with her parents in Antalya. “So I felt I was being looked after twice over.”