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17th March 2017
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Installing sustainability is an education for Geberit apprentices in Poland
Ten Geberit apprentices have recently returned from a working trip to Poland, where their sanitaryware installation skills were put to the test in upgrading the toilet facilities at a primary school in Warsaw.
The project formed part of Geberit's ongoing global social responsibility strategy. Each year since 2008, Geberit apprentices from various locations have spent time away from their everyday work to help out on a social project abroad.
For this most recent assignment 10 apprentices, together with a technical manager and team coach, travelled to Warsaw to install new toilet facilities at a primary school that hadn't been renovated since it was built back in 1949.
The Geberit team spent months preparing for the renovation and expansion of the existing toilet facilities and the common rooms, so the apprentices could start immediately on the mounting and installation work in the sanitary facilities. Now fitted with Geberit Duofix frames including dual flush concealed cisterns, plus Geberit flush plates, the new washrooms will serve students for many years to come and enable the school to function more sustainably.
"The social project was a very rewarding experience for me," enthuses team coach for the project, Sieglinde Just. "The great personal commitment shown by the young people was impressive to see."
Tamara Greiner is in her third year of her Geberit apprenticeship and remarks: "For me, the highlight of the project was looking into the children's bright eyes after the two weeks and realising that we overcame much more than just the language barrier."
Fellow apprentice Corinna Haug says: "Having never worked on a building site before, it was tough at times. But I am convinced that I have returned home with a great deal of know-how that will stand me in good stead in my professional and private life."
Since 2008, more than 70 Geberit apprentices have taken part in social projects all over the world, providing more people with access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation.
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