The prize donated by Dr-Ing hc Bernhard Kapp aims to promote interest in the engineering profession. Since 2001, the prize has been awarded annually by the Rotary Gemeindienst eV and is aimed at pupils in the eleventh class of the grammar schools in Coburg and Neustadt, as well as the twelfth class of the technical and vocational secondary schools, Fachoberschule and the Berufsoberschule Coburg. The pupils should work independently on a project with a high degree of practical relevance in the field natural sciences or technology. Those who are interested can apply for selection through their school principals with a description of the project they intend to work on and with a declaration of consent from their parents or guardians. The deadline for registration is in December. The results of the project work have to be presented to the school principals in spring.
This prize is awarded to apprentices or re-trainees from Upper Franconian companies that are members of "bayme", the Bavarian association of the metal and electro industry (Bayerischen Unternehmensverbandes Metall und Elektro e. V.) who support their fellow members of society in some special way with voluntary or social work. The prize is named after Dr-Ing Eh Bernhard Kapp, who is being honoured with this competition for his many years of work in Upper Franconian employers associations. Young people from the "byme" association member companies in Upper Franconia can apply to take part through their training supervisors. The application should include when the voluntary work started, how much time they invest in it and the corresponding target group. The training supervisor adds a short declaration about the professional performance of the applicant and sends everything to "bayme". "Professional commitment is important in the lives of young people. However, the commitment to society, whose welfare is the foundation of our state, is just as important. And it is exactly that voluntary commitment that we want the promote in our region", explains Martin Kapp, executive manager of the KAPP Group.
We support talented people from the region and participate in the Germany Scholarship. This is the largest collaborative public-private project in the field of education which allows us to get to know potentially skilled employees, gain insights into research and science and strengthen the regional network.
We support the VDW Foundation to support young professionals which aims to support and attract young professionals to the machine tool industry. The operative projects serve to transfer knowledge between industry, schools, university and to improve training in order to increase the number of students and trainees in the machine tool industry.
We support the "Wissensfabrik – Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V." which is involved as an initiative in education of children and teenagers as well as in entrepreneurship in Germany. The network throughout the German industry counts about 140 members of all sectors and sizes. The Wissensfabrik supports the exchange between economy, educational institutions and sience to empower the innovative capability of Germany. The non-profit organisation based in Ludwigshafen is active in more than 3,000 education partnerships for knowledge transfer and skills development in sciences, technology as well as in economic thinking and acting. Educational projects for kindergartens and primary schools developed together with scientific partners are one focus of the organisation. Furthermore the Wissensfabrik supports young entrepreneurs during the implementation of their business ideas with a mentoring scheme and with the founders' initiative WECONOMY. The Wissensfabrik works very effective and received the Phineo Wirkt-Siegel for its technology project KiTec.
Engineers and technicians of our company work closely with educational institutions. They benefit from state-of-the-art machine technology and practical experience, while the latest research results can be directly incorporated into our processes. We work together with the following institutions.
- Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University
- Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF) of the Technical University Berlin
- Leibniz Institute for Materials-oriented Technologies (IWT) at the University of Bremen
- Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Chemnitz (IWU)
- Institute for Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) of the Leibniz University Hannover
- University of Applied Sciences and Arts Coburg
For many years, the management board of KAPP NILES is actively involved in Associations work for example in following organizations: