May 08, 2018 - Adham Alkhatib is in the second year of his vocational training as a craftsman working on metal. He started at Daimler as an intern. He came from Syria and run from there before the war started. We have had a brief interview with him about his goals, his experiences at Daimler and his work in the engine assembly department in Untertürkheim. Read more about him in the Daimler Blog, see link below on this side.
What do you like about Daimler?
You learn how to make contact with other people and integrate yourself into the group, together with the others. Various different cultures came together during the “bridge” internship. There were people from Syria, Afghanistan, and Africa, and other employees who were refugees and have been working in production at Daimler for some time. I like being at Daimler very much, because so many different people work here together in peace. That was missing in my homeland. This sense of community and solidarity between people from various nations in a situation like the “bridge” internship — that gave me strength and motivated me to become part of this country, together with the others. I think it’s a good thing that Daimler watches to make sure people are punctual and reliable. You simply have goals and a certain path that you’re taking. You say, okay, I’ve more or less lost everything, but Daimler has given me a new opportunity. It’s not an option for me to say, I’m not going to do anything. Instead, I have to get up and go to work, take other people as my models, and continue along my path at Daimler. Here I’ve also got the opportunity to continue my self-development. I definitely want to get my master craftsman certificate.