Senior Experten Service (SES) is the Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation (Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit). It is a non-profit organisation. The full name of the Senior Experten Service (SES) is the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation). Senior Experts have left their professional lives behind them, and they help peolple to help themselves - abroad and in Germany.
Mission statement: Future needs experience
They actively bring the great potential of retired, skilled volunteers – Senior Experts – into society. They see demographic change as an opportunity.
They encourage the transfer of knowledge and experience across borders, generations and cultures.
They support societal, economic and social development, thus helping to raise living standards.
SES offers interested retirees the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to others, both within Germany and abroad. They work in a voluntary capacity as Senior Experts, helping to train both specialist workers and management staff. They help others to help themselves – an important contribution towards safeguarding a small slice of the future. It is a system that benefits all parties.
Senior Experts generally work in small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as with providers of vocational training and health care services, but it is also employed by such organisations and institutions as the German Agency for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ). The duration of these honorary assignments ranges usually from three to six weeks; the maximum duration is six months. A Senior Expert can be requested for follow-up assignments – to ensure the sustainability of his or her work.
Their more than 10,000 Senior Experts, drawn from the active retired community, are entirely voluntary and help others to help themselves. Whether in small to medium-sized industrial or skilled trades and crafts enterprises, in large organisations or in local authorities, they offer help and advice using their specialist knowledge of over 50 different sectors.
The SES has its headquarters in Bonn, while fourteen offices in Germany and more than 140 representatives worldwide maintain contact with industry and with the Senior Experts.