GROHE, best known for its full bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, has for the first time awarded 43 graduates of the GROHE Dual Tech training course with an internationally recognised plumbing certificate in front of over 200 invited guests in Tondo (Manila) in the Philippines. For the last 10 years, the global brand, together with the NGO Don Bosco Mondo e.V., has been training socially disadvantaged people between the ages of 17 and 25 to become sanitary specialists. This has not only been done in the Philippines but also in Mumbai and Delhi, India, thereby offering secure future job prospects.
As part of the GROHE Dual Tech training programme, 1,200 young people have been trained as specialists in sanitary technology to date. The global brand not only offers graduates good prospects for the future, but also counters the shortage of skilled workers, thereby improving the living conditions of many local people. Fresh water pipes, sanitary facilities, hygiene measures and health care are lacking and experts in sanitary technology are particularly in demand. This aid project therefore also contributes to the fulfillment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular Goal 6 "Clean Water and Sanitation".
Using products from the LIXIL product portfolio, the trainees built a state-of-the-art public toilet for visitors to St. John's Church on the site as a final project. Around 1,000 people attend church services here every Sunday. The toilet building was inaugurated and transferred to the parish.
At each location the programme takes place, it is ensured that the qualifications are recognised on the respective national level – moreover, trainees enjoy the coveted international know-how of GROHE and its business partners. Thanks to their qualification, which comes with a recognised certificate, the young plumbers are not bound to cooperating companies after their training but can also apply for a position at any other company they wish to. In addition to annual programmes, GROHE Dual Tech offers short-term courses to train candidates to become assistant plumbers with further training courses with market-oriented modules for young professionals from construction and plumbing companies. To ensure quality standards, the instructors receive advanced training with measures such as "Train-the-Trainer". The programme is completed by regular visits from
Sustainability through social responsibility
GROHE pursues a 360-degree sustainability approach that encompasses employees, suppliers, customers, processes, products and social contribution in equal measure. In this way, the global brand not only develops resource-saving product innovations that enable consumers to lead a more sustainable life, but is also involved in various projects alongside the GROHE Dual Tech training programme that contribute to improving social conditions.