Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement

MUNICH – Knorr-Bremse welcomed its new cohort of apprentices last month. The 42 new employees are embarking on vocational training and cooperative education programs at Knorr-Bremse sites across Germany.

The new apprentices started training to become machinists, industrial mechanics, mechatronics technicians, warehouse logistics technicians, industrial administrators, and electronics technicians specializing in industrial systems. Seven students were also excited to start their work-study degree programs in mechanical engineering, information systems, and computer science. During their orientation week, the new recruits are given their first taste of their new working environment and get to know each other better.

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New talents welcomed to Knorr-Bremse in Berlin, Munich, Aldersbach, and Düsseldorf

“We provide our new apprentices with intensive support during their first few weeks, to get them ready for this special part of their lives. This includes telling them how their training is structured, setting them up with protective equipment, giving them a close-up tour of the plant, briefing them on occupational health and safety, and giving them some basic training,” saidys Manuel Zimmermann, Head of Training in Berlin.

Just like last year, 11 young people are starting their vocational training at Knorr-Bremse’s Berlin plant in 2021: six machinists (including one young woman), two industrial mechanics, two mechatronics technicians, and one warehouse logistics specialist (another young woman). Their future career prospects within the company are very good: In 2021, all apprentices who completed their training in Berlin were offered permanent positions with Knorr-Bremse.

“Throughout the year, we take part in trade fairs, information events, and similar initiatives for high-school students to get young people excited about our apprenticeship programs. The high quality of our vocational training and our impressive career prospects have proven very popular. We also make a point of encouraging young women to pursue technical careers,” explained Florence Bröcheler, Head of Training in Munich, where six apprentices and seven students on work-study degree courses were welcomed this week.

During the next three years, they will be trained as mechatronics technicians and industrial administrators, or work toward bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering, information systems, and computer science.

“We start off the first week with an orientation program, so everybody can get to know each other – this makes it easier to transition from the classroom to the working world. A first-aid class, computer training, and a scavenger hunt around the site also help the apprentices adjust to their new jobs,” added Bröcheler.

Award-winning apprenticeship programs

In Aldersbach in the German state of Bavaria, 15 young people, including six women, are looking forward to starting their new careers: five machinists, three electronics technicians specializing in industrial systems, three mechatronics technicians, and two warehouse logistics specialists.

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