Social commitment

VTG is committed in particular to social issues in the context of child and youth education in and around Hamburg. Its aim is to promote solid training and education that lays a firm foundation for successful careers. VTG also gives its backing to sports in the north German city. Since 2018, it has served as naming sponsor for the VTG Supercup – a top basketball event involving international teams.

VTG Supercup 2019

"For us, the VTG Supercup is a lovely way to forge closer links between business and sport. We believe basketball is an excellent fit with our dynamism and agility on the rails. As a Hamburg-based company, we are therefore very pleased to help the city keep an international tournament running," says Dr. Heiko Fischer, Chairman of the Executive Board of VTG Aktiengesellschaft.

This year's edition of the VTG Supercup will take place at the Arena in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg on August 16-18, 2019.

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VTG: Connecting Worlds Partner for Hamburg Towers

Inclusive, multicultural, ambitious and down-to-earth: The Hamburg Towers are a very different kind of basketball club – and one which VTG has been sponsoring as a Connecting Worlds Partner since January 2019.

Since 2006, the team has engaged in a broad spread of sport-based social welfare projects and provided schools with direct access to sports via the organization Sport ohne Grenze e. V. ("Sport Without Borders"). In this time, it has used sport to instill values such as teamwork, fairness, tolerance, respect and reliability in children and young people. These values in turn lay a firm foundation for successful growth and development in the direction of professional sports.

VTG believes its role as an entrepreneur involves more than "just" doing good business. Its successful launch of VTG RailTrain in 2017 birthed a project that gives the company's support to young people for whom, due to a variety of obstacles, it is more difficult than for others to find an apprenticeship. "Hamburg Towers too sets an example in the way it combines top sports with social commitment. So we are really happy to serve as a Connecting Worlds Partner, helping to bring business, top sports and youth development closer together in Hamburg," Dr. Fischer notes. "To win the championship and get promoted to the top national league in the first year of our partnership is a tremendous success story. We congratulate the Towers on this fantastic achievement."


VTG RailTrain

In the 2017 financial year, VTG cooperated with traditional Hamburg firm Blohm+Voss to launch the vocational training program VTG RailTrain. For young people in the Hanseatic city who have had limited success after completing their regular schooling – be that due to social, educational or cultural obstacles – the program opens up opportunities to find an apprenticeship.

The three-and-a-half year dual inclusive training course qualifies trainees as construction mechanics. During this time, VTG provides individually tailored support to each of the youngsters. They are taught practical skills and abilities, and these are complemented by measures to promote general education as well as language and social skills.

In this way, VTG is helping young people work together to overcome obstacles to training, while at the same time building on their personal strengths. Over the next few years, as many as 40 youngsters are to complete the VTG RailTrain course.

Go here to learn more about VTG RailTrain.


Other social projects

Additionally, VTG supports other social projects such as:

- "Zeit für Zukunft – Mentoren für Kinder e. V." ("Time for the Future – Mentors for Children", which provides mentors for Hamburg children aged between 6 and 16)
- The "Lesepaten" ("Reading Mentors") initiative launched by the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper (which encourages an interest in current political, social and economic affairs, as well as promoting media skills)