DG Azevêdo talks trade with apprentices and workers in Berlin

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The FINANCIAL — Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met with apprentices and workers today (3 May) at a Rolls-Royce Deutschland facility in Dahlewitz, near Berlin, Germany, to hear what trade means for their jobs and how workers are training to keep abreast with cutting edge engineering technology.

The Director-General also toured the facility, which builds and tests aircraft engines made with hundreds of components provided by small and large companies around the world, according to WTO.

The Director-General said:

“In the current trade debate, it’s more important than ever that we take the time to understand the challenges that exist on the ground and hear from companies and the workers themselves. 

“In the end, trade matters because it creates jobs and improves lives. However, as technology transforms the economy this creates new challenges and makes education and continuous skills training particularly vital. This is how the workforce will continue to compete in the years ahead. 

“Meeting with the talented apprentices at the Rolls-Royce site in Berlin underlined this point. Facilities like this import hundreds of components from dozens of countries. Each engine they produce represents high-skilled jobs around the world — not just in Germany.”


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