Information is everything

Info truck of the Metal & Electrical Industry visits the Niederrhein plant

At the trucks of the M&E industry association, boys and girls can find out about possibilities and potentials on offer and acquire hands-on experience of the latest developments in the fields of electronics, metal-cutting or instrumentation.

The apprenticeship training team at the Niederrhein plant was pleased to welcome such an info truck. The event gave 60 students from two comprehensive schools in Neuss the opportunity to find out about the technical apprenticeships and dual-study programs offered by Pierburg. First of all, the various occupations were explained to the pupils in the information truck. Then they had time to get to know the different working processes. The event concluded with an apprentice-guided tour of the plant through manufacturing and the training workshop, during which the occupations and techniques presented were explained in more detail through practical demonstration. “We would like to help young people make the right start to their careers with such campaigns,” says Head Trainer Rolf Kemper, “but we also have various other offers for young people. Beginning with Girls’ Day, and including everything from exploring career fields and internships to training fairs”.

Another declared goal is to give young women in particular an insight into MINT (Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Science, Technology) careers, thereby reducing preconceptions and inhibitions and possibly arousing interest in a later apprenticeship in this direction. After all, Pierburg continuously employs around 70 apprentices and dual-study students at the two locations in Neuss alone. Sebastian Lehmkühler, deputy headmaster of the Erft comprehensive school, who accompanied the group of students, also believes the concept will pay off: “In my opinion, these info truck events contain several positive components. They are hands-on, and the pupils concern themselves with specific topics. The approach also allows attractive and motivating extracurricular learning venues and and the additional involvement of the Pierburg apprentices keeps the inhibition threshold with respect to follow-up exploratory questions very low.”