productware currently has three vocational trainees in training. Ms Patrizia Wenzel is training to become an industrial manager, which takes three years. But she is trying to reduce her time to two-and-a-half years, on the strength of good performance.
Messrs Jones Bashari and Kevin Schmidt are training in equipment and systems electronics. Their training lasts three-and-a-half years and includes the handling of measuring instruments, prototype design, generating production records, electronic equipment troubleshooting and repair, work procedure documentation and involvement in project work.
All training takes the form of sandwich courses, i.e. in house at productware combined with vocational training school. Trainees are deployed in the Materials Management and Production Departments, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing and Finance & Accounts. All three vocational trainees have passed their first year and are looking forward to beginning their second, from September 2016.
The success of this training strategy is evident from the satisfaction of the trainees themselves. Patrizia Wenzel loves the congenial working atmosphere. “My duties are varied and I have to take responsibility for what I do. I think it's great that they don't view me as a typical 'azubi' [vocational trainee]. I've been a fully-fledged member of the company from Day One,” reports the trainee industrial manager.
Jones Bashari adds, “What I like at productware are the open attitude, mutual support and involvement in real projects within the firm.”
productware's Managing Director Marco Balling echoes the trainees' enthusiasm: “We're always on the lookout for the right technical staff. So it only makes sense for us to train our future workforce in house,” he explains. “The trainees receive a sound education from us.
We hope they enjoy the rest of their training, and wish them every success for the future.”