The three-week period of in-company, practical training for all the students in Year 10 has already been an obligatory part of the curriculum since 1984. It is an integral part of a project consisting of the actual practical training, an in-depth preparation and subsequent follow-up in the German and Social Science subjects, and a presentation. Also the tour of a company in the Salem region for the children in Year 9 also prepares them for their practical training.
Our students are to gain a direct insight into the work of the business world. This "everyday business life" with its 8-hour day, its fast reaction to the demands of the market and the constraints of a manufacturing business, where monotonous working procedures are perhaps also carried out, differs in most cases considerably from everyday school life. Since the students themselves look for a company where they would like to do their practical training, they learn independence in a very specific case that is of relevance to them.
The project diary which has to be kept continuously by the students, forms the basis for the final presentation and contains the experience and information they have gained.
In school year 2013/14, from 10th to 28th February, i.e. even partly during the holiday, 109 students completed their in-company, practical training and worked at numerous different companies and institutions, e.g. at hotels, banks, travel agencies, cement and textile factories, car dealers, fashion companies and hospitals. Two thirds of these places were within Germany, and the rest were in 18 other countries, e.g. in Switzerland, USA, Austria, Norway, Russia, Spain and even in Kenya, Kazakhstan and Argentina. The working world in Salem has long been "global" already.