Romanian site develops local skills Recruiting talented young people from the local community is being facilitated at ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems’ manufacturing site in Hunedoara, Romania, thanks to an apprentice program for high-school students. Challenge As a major employer in the area, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems in Hunedoara, Romania, is looking for ways to be a responsible and approachable member of the community by recruiting employees from the locality. Solution Fifteen teenagers from a local high school have begun apprenticeships as welders at the Hunedoara manufacturing plant. The three-year program teaches students a marketable trade that will make them highly employable in a variety of manufacturing environments when they complete the program. Result Firstly, students received a guided tour of the factory and an explanation of how products are manufactured, as well as information on work-place health and safety rules that must be followed when they are on site each week. Upon completion of their apprenticeships in three years’ time, the local students will be certified welders with experience working in a multi-national company and the potential to be hired as employees of ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems in Hunedoara.