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Vocational Training Day at Buschjost: A First-Hand Look at Professions

Veronika Bennert, training officer at Buschjost, shows pupils round the warehouse.

Martin Janik, training officer, with an interested student.

In parallel to the "Open Doors Day“ for employees and their families on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary, last Saturday, Buschjost GmbH also organised a "Vocational Training Day“. Some 45 pupils from Bad Oeynhausen, Löhne and Vlotho, together with their parents, learned, on-site, about the Buschjost company and about the vocational training or combined vocational training and degree programmes on offer.

Given a tour of the company, at many stops the pupils were given exciting insights into the various professions. "For us, it's important to provide a first-hand look at the professions", expalined Lutz Missbach, Head of HR. And so they observed industrial managers in the HR office reading job applications; an industrial mechanic doing maintenance work on a machine; a cutting machine operator showing how a simple turned part is manufactured; a tool engineering technician showing how a tool is maintained; a process engineering technician for plastics and rubber technologies demonstrating injection moulding of a rubber membrane; a logistics technician commissioning an order, and a technical product designer modelling a valve.

Current and former apprentices acted as guides for the tours. In addition to the practical sessions, at the stops for each profession, trainers and training officers were also available to answer any questions. Furthermore, the HR department also offered a job application portfolio check and provided valuable advice to the pupils on how to fill out an application.

More yet, a "Training Bus" from the Employers' Association of the Metal and Electrical Industries in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), of which Buschjost is a member, was waiting in the inner courtyard for the pupils. Here the pupils were able to get to know the metal and electrical industry (M+E) using multimedia and through practical demonstrations. Four multimedia terminals offered everything worth knowing about the industry and its products and its commercial/technical vocational training. Two CNC-machines demonstrated the precision used in computer-controlled turning and milling of metal. And the model of a "production line" showed how a modern manufacturing process in the M+E industry works – from warehousing through processing right down to quality control.

A successful day all round: "We just couldn't get one of the young men away from the machine. He would have liked to start with us right away", grinned Lutz Missbach. The day was very important for Buschjost, too. After all, getting young people interested in the professions early on is important. "Well-trained junior staff and skilled specialists are important preconditions for the continued success of our business", says Oliver Wehking, Managing Director.

Buschjost can look back on 60 years of experience in taking on trainees. It guarantees a sound training with a future and offers prospects in-house. Moreover, the group behind it, the worldwide Norgren network, offers additional new career paths. Through the Norgren Exchange Programme, talented Buschjost employees have the chance to broaden their horizons abroad, to be introduced to new tasks, or to exchange experiences. The company currently employs 23 apprentices as well as six students on the combined vocational training and degree programmes, and in August, six new ones will start.  For 2014, we are still looking for eight apprentices and two students for the combined programme.

 
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