Freudenberg Training Center, Weinheim, holds Open Day
Last weekend, Freudenberg in Weinheim opened its doors again to the public. The company’s training and study information days took place for the first time without pandemic-related restrictions.
Interest in the Open Days was overwhelming. Five hundred and forty students from 23 school classes and nine schools in the region, as well as some 260 other interested parties visited the Freudenberg Training Center (FTC) in Weinheim last Friday and Saturday. On the first of the two days, the registered school classes were given an insight into the twelve apprenticeships and eight dual study programs with which the technology company offers young people a qualified career start. On Saturday, the young people, their parents and anyone else interested had the opportunity to talk to instructors, apprentices and students and gain first-hand insight into working life at Freudenberg.
“What apprenticeships are there? Would you recommend them?” These were just some of the questions the apprentices were asked. First up on the agenda: a guided tour of the training center, starting with the metal workshops where next generation engineers learn manual production processes such as turning and milling. Many of the machines here are computer-controlled as digitalization is an integral part of training at Freudenberg. Since even welding can be learned virtually, a large number of the visitors were eager to give it a go.
In the electrical workshops, trainees and instructors also presented numerous projects involving programmable logic controllers, sensors, and 3D printers. And last but not least: the FTC’s digital learning factory. Here, in the era of Industry 4.0, where real and virtual worlds collide, modern information technology merges with traditional industrial processes.
“I’m interested in business informatics. How does this dual study program work and how can I apply for it?” a student asked Evelyn Frey who, together with her colleague Anette Mauriello-Böhm, looks after this and other study programs at the FTC. “This is a great course for anyone interested in business administration, and technology and computer science,” Frey replied. Together with the university of cooperative education, Freudenberg is training more and more young people in this field.
It doesn’t always have to be university,’ traditional vocational training also offers qualified applicants the best career opportunities.
emphasizes Evelyn Frey who, together with her colleague Anette Mauriello-Böhm, looks after this and other study programs at the FTC
In the next interview, Frey emphasized the high value of traditional vocational training in the commercial and IT sectors: “True to the motto, ‘It doesn’t always have to be university,’ traditional vocational training also offers qualified applicants the best career opportunities.” At Freudenberg, for example, IT specialists and IT systems management specialists are in demand. The requirements profile for future firefighters, who are also trained by Freudenberg, is quite different – as the large fire engine and information stand in front of the FTC revealed on Friday. All in all, the two training and study information days were a great success: “The number of visitors was higher than ever before,” said Frey, looking back positively on the past weekend.