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02.08.2010 00:00

Q-Cells promotes education in solar sector

  • Three-day recruitment event for students, graduates and job starters with natural sciences and engineering degrees
  • Q-Cells endows professorship for Photovoltaics at University in Halle-Wittenberg

Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 2 August 2010 – Q-Cells SE (QCE; SIN 555866) is stepping up its commitment to educating the new generation in the solar sector. Q-Cells is now offering graduates beginning their careers the opportunity of acquiring information about the possibilities of starting work and developing within photovoltaics. From the 2010/11 winter term onwards, the photovoltaic company will endow a professorship for Photovoltaics at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. With both activities, Q-Cells is underscoring its commitment to Germany as a research location.

From 26 to 28 August 2010, Q-Cells is extending the invitation for its own recruitment event PV-TRYOUT 2010 at the Bitterfeld-Wolfen headquarters, Germany. Here, young natural scientists and engineers gain an insight into the daily processes of the globally operating photovoltaic company. Q-Cells SE experts provide information about the various areas of responsibility and application within photovoltaics. Participants can also demonstrate their knowledge on this sustainable sector practically in a case study. Anyone interested in taking part, whether they are a student, graduate, doctoral candidate, job starter or experienced professional, has until 8 August 2010 to apply on the website www.q-cells.com.

From the 2010/11 winter term onwards, Q-Cells will  support academic education in the field of solar energy with an endowed professorship for Photovoltaics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Prof. Roland Scheer, former acting institute head of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, is assuming teaching and research with a focus on photovoltaics at the university’s Institute of Physics. Q-Cells SE is financing the endowed professorship and its staffing over a period of five years.

As early as in autumn 2008, Q-Cells established the sandwich course in solar technology in collaboration with the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Koethen. Integrating students into the Q-Cells SE career development stages takes place in close coordination between the company and the University of Applied Sciences. 

As well as promoting further academic education, Q-Cells has been educating young people in technical, and commercial professions since 2002. A 2,500 m² vocational and continuing education centre provides a well equipped framework for this.

With the new education year starting from August onwards, Q-Cells is educating a total of 91 trainees  / apprentices and has contracted 17 students in the sandwich course in solar technology. In the 2010 teaching year, 36 new trainees and 6 students will begin their apprentice or trainee programs.