“MEP Charity”: Knorr-Bremse trainees support home for asylum seekers in Munich
July 24, 2012 [Knorr-Bremse Country]
Last week, eight Knorr-Bremse trainees were busy painting the entrance area of the home for asylum seekers in Landsberg Street to give it a more cheerful and livable aspect for the people living in it. In addition, the young trainees of the Munich-based brake manufacturer repaired the bicycles of the children currently living in the shared accommodation.
Under the name of “MEP Charity”, Knorr-Bremse AG trainees launched their own non-profit initiative with the objective of regularly dedicating their time to various local aid projects. The trainees participate in the so-called Management Evolution Program (MEP) at Knorr-Bremse – a young professional development program that the company has been successfully conducting for 13 years now. As part of the “MEP Charity” initiative, the young participants implement every year a self-chosen social project that they organize completely on their own and carry out in their spare time with a budget made available by Knorr-Bremse. This year, the trainees arrived at their “job site” with painting supplies and repair tools to renovate the entrance area of a home for asylum seekers in Munich’s west side, to the delight of the residents. They also repaired the bicycles of the children living there and brought a new door sign to the administration office of the home.
Silvia Zink, participant of the MEP program and jointly responsible for this year’s project, is proud of the initiative launched: “Even if some people think these are only small relief actions – it’s a nice feeling to be able to help disadvantaged persons through one’s own efforts. And when done collectively in a team with my colleagues, it’s twice as fun!”
The Knorr-Bremse Group is the world's leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles. For more than 100 years now the company has pioneered the development, production, marketing and servicing of state-of-the-art braking systems. In the rail vehicle systems sector, the product portfolio also includes intelligent door systems, control components, air conditioning systems and windscreen wiper systems, as well as platform screen doors. Knorr-Bremse also offers driving simulators and e-learning systems for optimum train crew training. In the commercial vehicle systems sector, the product range includes complete braking systems with driver assistance systems, as well as torsional vibration dampers, powertrain-related solutions and transmission control systems for enhanced energy efficiency and fuel economy.