Lærdansk helps MHI Vestas Offshore Wind successfully retain employees

You've just flown halfway around the world. From Tokyo to Aarhus. You're standing with your family, holding your luggage. Here is your new job. Here is your new home. Welcome to your new life.

 

Of course, it's not that easy. The people at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, know this only too well. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind builds, installs and services offshore wind turbines across the world, which requires a highly specialized workforce. In 2014, they therefore invited 18 Japanese engineers and their families to Aarhus.

"At MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, our foreign employees are a very important factor in the company's development and growth. We therefore prioritize giving our new foreign colleagues and families a quick and effective introduction to Danish society, and the local community in particular," says Anette Esmarch from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, who is delighted with the collaboration with Lærdansk.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind headquarters are located five minutes from Lærdansk on Paludan Müllers Vej in Aarhus, so a collaboration was obvious. Throughout 2014, Lærdansk has therefore helped MHI Vestas Offshore Wind welcome the Japanese families.

All alone in the world

"The language is the focal point, but the introduction to Danish culture is also important for the family to feel comfortable in Denmark. That particularly applies to the accompanying spouse, who can easily become "Palle Alone in The World"," explains Martin Wind, primus motor of the collaboration with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

The families have learned Danish, of course. But English has been on the agenda as well. Danish is important for functioning within the local community. English is important for functioning within the company.

In addition to language instruction, the welcome includes cultural training through the Lærdansk Living program, where newcomers are introduced to local customs, associations, the welfare state and much more.

"My family and I feel we have received a warm welcome with the introduction to the culture and language instruction. It is giving us an understanding of the different lifestyle, and helping us establish a working life and everyday life in Denmark," says Kenji Sato, one of the Japanese engineers who has moved here.

The collaboration with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind began in the spring of 2014, and will of course continue in 2015. Lærdansk has established similar collaborations with Siemens, Grundfos and others.