Siemens Seeks Apprentices From the Rest of Europe

In a first, it recruits apprentices from the Continent’s ailing South
A trainee files a piece of metal at a Siemens training center in Berlin Photograph by Adam Berry/Getty Images

After graduating from the National Technical University of Athens, Vlasios Ntizos spent months sending out as many as six résumés a day. His luck finally turned this year when he won an apprenticeship at Siemens in Berlin, beating out more than 1,000 Greeks to train for three years as an electrical engineer. “I guess I am one of the chosen few,” Ntizos says during a break from dismantling electric plugs in the sprawling training center at Siemensstadt, the company’s main manufacturing complex.

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