How would you describe your career so far at LÄPPLE?
I completed my training as a toolmaker at LÄPPLE and then I started working in mould design and construction. I continued my education at night school and eventually qualified as an industry supervisor before joining LÄPPLE Ausbildungs GmbH in 2001. As a training supervisor here, my main field of expertise is in machining.
What do you do exactly?
I’m responsible for training the machining engineers and I’m a team leader for the basic training course, machine training and for the warehouse.
What do you like most about your job?
The great thing about my job is being able to work with young people and getting to develop them as people and professionals. I’m always really pleased when they go on to get a job at the LÄPPLE Group.
Could you give us an idea of what your typical work day looks like?
I start my day by saying hello to all of our apprentices and retrainees. We operate a job flow system here so that we set the entire day’s schedule in the mornings. I have to assign each individual to the machines, and then supervise and train them.
What makes the training programme at LÄPPLE so unique?
What sets LÄPPLE training apart is that, although it is organised according to a schedule, it also involves work on separate, real-world projects. As an independent company, we manufacture tools and other products ourselves with the help of all trainees, encompassing all areas of the training, including design, production, testing and delivery to the customer.
And during their training, the trainees have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the entire length and breadth of the LÄPPLE Group.
When selecting potential trainees, we obviously look at their academic achievements, but we primarily look at their social skills.
To what extent is the shortage of skilled workers related to training?
Retention of skilled staff is a really important issue for us. We train people for our sister companies so that we can develop qualified personnel for ourselves.
Because of the shortage of skilled staff, training occupies a very important position for LÄPPLE.
What challenges are there in terms of training nowadays?
One of the biggest challenges in terms of training today is integrating and getting to grips with the digital revolution.
A good example of this is our own LÄPPLE app, which we can use to pass on information or news to or communicate with all our apprentices. And of course, everyone has a smartphone these days!