JOBLINGE Hanse: Union Investment helps young people to enter the workplace

The JOBLINGE Hanse initiative supports disadvantaged young people who are trying to get a foothold in the labour market. Union Investment has been one of the largest sponsors of the initiative since 2015. An internship at EMPORIO recently helped one young person secure an apprenticeship. Read more below.

From internship to apprenticeship

Paul, a young person from Hamburg, was accepted onto the programme run by JOBLINGE Hanse because he was having difficulty trusting people around him and adapting to new situations in his life. He began an internship at EMPORIO, where Frank Baack (UIP) and his team gave him the opportunity to learn more about office life in general and the real estate industry in particular. As a direct result of the experience gained during the internship, Paul will begin an apprenticeship as a protection and security specialist at WISAG, one of Germany’s largest facilities management companies, in August 2018. According to Anja Meyfarth, JOBLINGE project manager in Hamburg, the internship at Union Investment played a crucial part in helping him to become much more open and confident as a person.


“Working with Paul was great fun. It quickly became apparent that the combination of security and IT was perfect for him. He helped us with maintenance of technical equipment, for example, and proved to be a very valuable member of the team. It’s wonderful to hear that he has now been offered an apprenticeship at WISAG.”

Frank Baack, team leader with responsibility for general administration, services and facilities management at EMPORIO.

Frank Baack and his team plan to take on more JOBLINGE interns at EMPORIO in the future. Other departments are also invited to give JOBLINGE interns the chance to gain an insight into the world of work.

Placement rate of 79 per cent

The positive experiences with the JOBLINGE initiative have motivated us to continue taking on interns in the Real Estate segment in the future. JOBLINGE Hanse currently works with 220 young people per year across its three locations. An impressive 79 per cent of the unemployed youngsters on the programme eventually move into apprenticeships. In addition to the two branches in Hamburg, the initiative recently opened another office in Bremen. If you have any questions about Union Investment’s social commitment activities or would like to become a mentor, please contact Britta Höpker (IMK): -4110,