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NewVIc Business students visit Germany for a business and cultural exchange





26 April 2017



NewVIc Business students visit Germany for a business and cultural exchange



22 vocational business students spent five days in Germany as part of an exchange visit. Students spent time learning about production, environmentally friendly policies and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as German history and culture with German students.


Students visited two diverse companies, one being Schmitz Werke based in Emsdetten where they produce high end curtains/ blinds, and Greif based in Mesum who produce heavy weight bags to use in the construction industry to transport materials including sand. Business student Haniff Uddin said ‘'they quality test large sand bags by filling them up with 7 tonnes plus before they burst, these bags usually take loads of 1 to 2 tonnes. This company provides water bags as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. The bags can be used as backpacks to transport water in many developing countries where it is difficult to fetch water by foot over long distances on a daily basis. This relates to the Business ethics unit which I am currently studying''


During their visit, students also visited Saline in Rheine, where salt was produced as far back as the eleventh century. After understanding the historic production of salt, Extended diploma business student Rabia Saeed expressed her excitement "I loved so many things on this trip especially being given an opportunity to make our own salt to take home!''


A cultural visit was made to the Zeche Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, which is a large former industrial site in the city of Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Founded in 1847, it is now part of UNESCO's (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) list of World Heritage Sites, and is also part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.


The students also learnt about the business side of football by visiting the German Bundesliga side Schalke 04, one of the most popular professional football teams and multi-sports club in Germany, Extended Diploma Business student Ekramul Ahsan said I learnt about that the club grow the pitch on a separate area and wheel it into the stadium when they want to use it in their multi-purpose stadium. I also discovered how the tickets, food/drink and merchandise are sold at the stadium at very affordable prices compared to English clubs, almost half the price''


Students ended their visit with a cultural visit to the historic city of Munster, which is an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, regarded as the bicycle capital of Germany NewVIc students experienced a memorable guided tour to the famous cathedrals.

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NewVIc (Newham Sixth Form College) is a place to learn, thrive and achieve for students aged 16-18. It combines high quality facilities with excellent teaching, tailored support and a strong sense of community. An investment of £10million in a new building which opens in 2017 provides a new university-style learning resource centre and lecture theatre.


Established in 1992, the College celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. It has 2,500 students and is based in Plaistow, Newham.