For young people with curiosity and a sense of fun
The 600 places at the Future Day on 26 April were soon booked up. The level of interest in looking behind the scenes at Lenze was very high, and the programme organised by the company’s own apprentices for the 60 school-goers was exciting and varied. While the specialist in machine automation was at the Hannover Messe, demonstrating its ability as a leading partner for machine and systems manufacturers, the school-goers in Gross Berkel experienced Lenze’s strength as a company that trains apprentices.
What do young people ideally need to have when they start an apprenticeship with Lenze? Interestingly enough, it is not only good grades that are at the top of Bernd Kirsch’s wish list. Lenze’s Head of Training places great importance on apprentices having a keen sense of curiosity and interest combined with an enjoyment of technology, plus a personal sense of social commitment. It is also surprising to hear that, in Kirsch’s experience, although the young generation of “digital natives” use the available technology more or less round the clock, they are becoming less and less interested in how it works.
It is because of this development that high-tech companies such as Lenze face enormous challenges in securing the skilled workers it needs for the future. In addition, the number of school-goers is declining, a trend that is affecting the equally declining number of applicants. On the other hand, the future perspectives that Lenze offers, especially in the technical professions, are very good. Machine manufacturing is booming, as is the supply industry. “Our Future Day is meant to get young people interested in technology at an early stage,” says Bernd Kirsch, who was happy to see evidence of curiosity everywhere at the Lenze event.
The day’s activities included the independent programming of motion sequences with Lego Mindstorm robots, paper chases around the plant, building an electric motor, the fundamentals of metalworking, and application training. “It is really interesting and a lot of fun!” says an enthusiastic Marlon Sienk. 13-year-old Marlon goes to the Albert Einstein grammar school in Hamelin and has long wanted to take part in Lenze’s Future Day but had to wait until he was in the seventh grade. Will he perhaps do an apprenticeship or a vocational degree later with Lenze? “Why not? I’m interested in technology,” says the boy from Bodenwerder and continues rounding off the corners of a brass plate with a file.