13. October 2020

Helmholtz-Zentrum is one of the best trainers in Berlin

The Berlin-South Employment Agency awarded the Certificate for Young Talent Promotion 2019/2020 to the HZB

Christina Herold (right) accepted the award on behalf of the instructors at HZB. Together with the HZB, eight companies in Berlin were honoured by the employment agency for outstanding training. © Agentur für Arbeit, Berlin-Süd

The Berlin-South Employment Agency has awarded the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for an innovative  procedure to select applicants for apprenticeships and dual studies not only on the basis of their grades, but also to include communicative and social skills. A total of eight Berlin companies were awarded the Certificate for Young Talent Promotion 2019/2020.

In addition to the outstanding quality of the training, the decisive factor for the award was an innovative selection procedure, which was first introduced in the field of IT and now also for training in office management. All applicants receive an invitation to the selection procedure, without regarding the school certificates. The trainers get to know the young people in group discussions and observe how they solve tasks in a team.

“In doing so, they can get a good idea of their social skills, but also their motivation,” says Christina Herold, training coordinator at HZB. This interest, also in applicants “who are only convincing at second glance” was expressly recognised by the Employment Agency.

Due to the Corona regulations, Christina Herold accepted the award certificate on behalf of her colleagues. “Training has a high priority for us at HZB,” she says. “We have found that this selection process gives us great Auzubis who fit well into the teams and with whom we are very satisfied,” emphasises Christina Herold. The selection procedure is to be extended to the other apprenticeships at the HZB in the future.

The HZB offers apprenticeships/dual studies in nine professional fields:

  • IT specialists
  • Office management
  • Precision mechanics
  • Gastronomy
  • Mechatronics, Electronics
  • Physics laboratory assistant
  • Dual Informatics
  • Dual radiation protection
  • Dual Mechanical Engineering


Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
Christina Herold
Trainee coordination
Phone: +49 30 8062-43285
Email: christina.herold(at)


Press release HZB, 12 October 2020