Since 1 September 2018, 25 new apprentices have been taking the first steps of their professional careers. They are occupied in eight different vocations, including vehicle mechatronics, industrial mechanics, and electronics or construction mechanics, both in Germany and Austria. Twenty-three of them are starting their professional futures at Magirus's joint site with Iveco in Ulm, located in the Danube River Valley. Two new apprentices have started apprenticeships in Kainbach (near Graz, Austria), as an administrative assistant and a chassis engineering technician respectively. In Ulm, the number of apprentices has increased slightly compared to the previous year. In addition, Magirus is again training young people in commercial occupations.
Team spirit and enthusiasm for vehicle technology
After the official welcome, the apprentices went to the Youth Training Centre of the German Alpine Association (JDAV) to get to know each other better. An important part of the varied program was instruction in communication and team cooperation. These are important prerequisites for the upcoming apprenticeship as well as for work in general throughout Magirus, which is very practice-oriented.
Furthermore, the idea that professions such as construction mechanics or vehicle mechatronics are more for men has been long obsolete. This is shown by apprentices such as Ronja Eisert or Anja Verena Krausz. Like Anja, Ronja has always been enthusiastic about technology, but was uncertain whether a technical apprenticeship was right for her. She thus wanted to first complete a practical internship with Magirus to find out more about the field. "The internship really encouraged me to apply for an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic with Magirus. I was inspired by the idea of learning a profession that lets you construct vehicles that will later save lives," she says.
As Magirus wants to educate even more professionals in the future, the move of the training workshop was organised this year. It is now located close to the fire engine production site. The apprentices played a significant role in reorganising and equipping the new premises. The formal opening of the workshop will soon take place.
Applications for next year still being accepted
Magirus offers young people who are fascinated by technology and like to "get their hands dirty" a large selection of training opportunities with very good prospects. The following apprenticeships and dual degree programs will be offered in the year starting 1 September 2019:
- Apprenticeship as industrial mechanic (m/f)
- Apprenticeship as construction mechanic (m/f)
- Apprenticeship as vehicle mechatronics engineer, system and high-voltage technology (m/f)
- Apprenticeship as electronics engineer, operating technology (m/f)
- Apprenticeship as vehicle paint technician (m/f)
- Apprenticeship as administrative assistant (m/f)
- Dual course of study according to the "Ulm model" ending with a Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng) (m/f), specialised in vehicle technology
The application deadline for the coming year is 31 October 2018.
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