Start of new training year
Linde Material Handling welcomes 45 new apprentices and dual students
35 apprentices and ten dual students are starting their careers at Linde Material Handling this week. Thus, the intralogistics specialist’s commitment to fostering young talent remains at a high level. In addition to apprenticeships in eight technical and two commercial professions, the company also offers training opportunities in six different dual courses of study. The latest addition is the “Integrated Engineering” degree course with which the company is securing its next generation of automation specialists.
As in the past, technical apprentices form the largest group at Linde Material Handling. This year it includes mainly mechatronic engineers and mechanics specializing in production, industry and design engineering, as well as foundry and machining operations. The group also comprises electronic technicians for technical equipment and installations and warehouse logistics specialists. On the administrative side, office management assistants and industrial clerks are being prepared for their future areas of responsibility.
Dual students can choose between degree courses in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Business Informatics and Business Administration with various specializations. Terms such as “Digital Business Management”, “Application Management” or “Integrated Engineering” reflect the development towards greater digitization and automation in the business environment. As of September 1, 2020, Linde MH has a total of 148 apprentices, spanning three years of training. Here, too, mechatronic engineers constitute the largest group, followed by electronics engineers and industrial clerks. Dual students comprise a total of 37 young people, most of whom study Industrial Engineering.
“In-company job training is a recipe for success and will remain so,” Christopher Klix, Head of Professional Training at Linde Material Handling, says with conviction. “It enables young people to acquire a comprehensive set of skills, which opens many doors for them after graduation – either within the training company or in another firm.” Conversely, the company also benefits from the young employees, who are all offered at least a temporary position after having completed their training: “Excellently trained employees are an essential factor in the success of our company. It is therefore in our own interest to train qualified specialists ourselves,” Klix emphasizes.
The professional training manager proudly highlights the fact that Linde Material Handling as a global manufacturer of industrial trucks and warehouse equipment offers particularly good conditions and opportunities to young professionals beginning their careers. The “base camp” is the 2,000 square meter, technically well-equipped training center at the Aschaffenburg-Nilkheim site. CNC machines, an electronics room, test benches, workbenches, various training rooms and more can be found there on two floors. The trainer team consisting of 10 specialist instructors as well as the supervisors in the specialist departments also play a substantial role in the success of the training offered. They impart theoretical knowledge to the young people, teach them practical skills and prepare them for the intermediate and final examinations. “Right from the start, we at Linde MH place great emphasis on working independently,” Klix emphasizes. In the second and third year of training, the junior staff can complete a “Project-integrated Training (PiA)” module: In a team of several people, a specific measure is planned, implemented and finally presented. An example is an emergency tower including first aid kit, emergency telephone and defibrillator, which was installed in a new production hall in 2018 and awarded the Occupational Safety Prize of the German Wood & Metal Trade Association (Berufsgenossenschaft Holz & Metall, BGHM).
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some organizational changes were put into effect at the start of the new training year: In order to maintain the prescribed minimum distances within the training center, the newcomers will start at different times. In addition, mobile working will form part of their training right from the very beginning: Theoretical knowledge will partly be taught via their own computers at home.