20,000 KMs to Apprenticeship at Karlsruhe

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A long journey with happy endings: Two trainees travelled over 20,000 kilometres in order to finish their apprenticeships at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Karlsruhe. The well-known German magazine “Der Spiegel” published an interview with them and Hagen Müller, General Manager in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Wingfeb Banjarnahor originally came on a student visa to Germany to study engineering in Karlsruhe. However, after he failed his German exam twice he started his apprenticeship in the kitchen of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Karlsruhe in September, 2015. The general manager, Hagen Müller, has a sure feeling for fighters and immediately recognized Wingfeb’s talent. One month later, the immigration authorities send a letter saying that the change from studying to training is forbidden and will lead to deportation. Hagen Müller did not want Banjarnahor to leave the company, therefore, he stood up for his trainee and tried everything to keep him in Germany. Finally, a lawyer advised Wingfeb to leave the country and to apply for a new visa in Jakartar. Thanks to the fighting spirit of the hotel, Mr Müller succeeded to get Winfeb back on board 5 weeks later.

While Banjarnahor was waiting for his new visa in Indonesia, Müller met a man from Albania. Artjon Coco, also an economic refugee, started his journey in an Italian call canter and showed the same fighting spirit as Wingfeb. He also returned to his home country and in the end both men received their working visa. Now Banjarnahor is back in the kitchen, Coco started his apprenticeship as specialist in the hospitality industry and Hagen Müller was able to keep two talented young men in his hotel.

Click here to read the full article: Der Spiegel (Photo credit by Fiona Ehlers)

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