Porsche training is prize for lucky few refugees

Ammar Alkhouli, 19-year-old refugee from Syria, works on a Porsche 911 Carrera S at the training center of Porsche AG in Stuttgart, south-western GermanyAmmar Alkhouli “dreamed of owning a Porsche” when he lived in Syria, but he never imagined that he would one day get training from the German automobile giant to help build its luxury cars. Aged just 19, Ammar was one of 13 asylum seekers to be offered a place on a refugee integration scheme launched by the Stuttgart-based company in March this year, in response to the massive influx of refugees to Germany in 2015. Porsche wanted to “show the welcoming German culture and allow people to establish themselves as well and as quickly as possible,” technical training director Norbert Goeggerle explains.

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