A varied training program awaits apprentices at E.C.H. Will in Wedel

A training program which offers variety: at E.C.H. Will also the budding business people may don a pair of overalls

Wedel, (PresseBox) - The new apprentices have been intensively involved with E.C.H. Will's machines. What is a cut-size sheeter? And how many exercise books can an exercise book production machine produce in one hour? It's information just like this that the previously unfamiliar products of the machine manufacturing company was worked out together and presented to the trainers in their own words. "In order to get a picture of the processes we were allowed to virtually pepper every department with questions," explains Julia Joseph, industrial business management apprentice. "Even management, where we were naturally a bit nervous. For no good reason, because we realized that asking questions is encouraged everywhere at E.C.H. Will. I also think it's great that everywhere we were welcomed with hospitality and were assigned with challenging tasks from the beginning."

On August 1 six young men and women reported for training at E.C.H. Will, headquartered in Wedel, Germany. The two industrial business management assistants, two mechatronicians and two industrial mechanics of the future will now in turns be visiting a variety of departments as well as attending vocational training school. All apprentices share an interest in technology and, of course, are looking forward to experience, during their training, all process steps from the manufacturing of parts to the assembly of aggregates and corresponding electronic work up to the test run of the finished machine.

"Training is an investment in our future and has a tradition here," explains Daniel Walk, Managing Director of E.C.H. Will. "We of course expect a lot from our apprentices such as self-reliance and the willingness to learn. We primarily view training as an orientation period during which we want to not only help young people professionally, but also to find their personal path."

Julia relates: "During the job interview, on a tour with older apprentices, I really got first-hand information and tips. That reinforced my decision for the training and the company." Incidentally, for at least three weeks the budding business people are allowed to don a pair of overalls and file on a lathe in the training center or help out in the assembly of small parts in the production hall. Integrated in the company processes from the very beginning, each apprentice is quickly given responsibility, e.g. in the form of some small projects. Internships, e.g. at the sister company in the USA, or assignments abroad to assemble machines are also possible. E.C.H. Will sells its paper converting machines to customers throughout the world, that's why English language skills can be used and improved during the training.

Overall, each year E.C.H. Will's trainee quota is considerably higher than the industry average, with many of the apprentices even shortening their apprenticeships and able to take their exam earlier. Continuing education is also writ large at the company, that's why, for example, two internal scholarships were awarded for a study at college.

Approximately 220 employees currently work at E.C.H. Will in Wedel. A great many of them are also easily able to put themselves in the shoes of their young colleagues, because they themselves were once apprentices at E.C.H. Will. There are thus good prospects for apprentices at E.C.H. Will!

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