KARL MAYER makes learning fun

The KARL MAYER Academy – a new look for KARL MAYER’s training activities

(PresseBox) ( Obertshausen, )
As a leader in the technology, the market and customer service, the KARL MAYER Group manufactures state-of-the-art machinery and also provides the necessary training and expertise needed to handle the machines correctly.For many years, this traditional company has been offering courses on how to handle its products and machines, and has also been supplying information on warp knitting technology. Roughly 260 textile workers take advantage of these courses every year, which bring together participants from all over the world and which are continuously being modified and adapted to suit specific requirements.

The most comprehensive changes were introduced in 2005 as part of a project which is still in progress. A key feature of the changes has been that the existing training section has been transformed into the KARL MAYER Academy. The changes have involved modifying the training programmes, including a students’ course in the programme of seminars, and improving the website. Work began on updating the learning resources and materials, and has also focused on modernising the machinery and equipment used in the training programmes.

Many of the latest machines in KARL MAYER’s product range were installed in the company’s Academy last year, the old ones were removed, and some were modified so that their features could be demonstrated more easily for training purposes. This required a considerable amount of investment, and the results are indicative of the company’s commitment to improving qualifications and customer service, and consequently to customer relations. The training team has been expanded and a new director has been appointed.

Klaus Kunde has been in charge of the KARL MAYER Academy since August 2007. He is continuing with the work on restructuring the training centre and has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve: ‘The KARL MAYER Academy must be upgraded and adapted effectively to suit training needs. Its role should also be expanded to ensure that it enhances the company’s image on the market. We aim to coordinate all the training activities of the KARL MAYER Group from here,’ he said, and has been tirelessly pursuing these objectives since he was appointed.

Klaus Kunde has been instrumental in selecting the new staff and modernising the equipment that is used in the training courses, and has also helped in updating the training materials. Above all, he has been involved in planning the layout of the enlarged but compact training premises, which provide plenty of space for optimising the learning process. The aim is to extend the existing seminar rooms and link them to the training machines by the shortest possible route. This should enable to students to get to grips with warp knitting technology as quickly as possible!

The classrooms are air-conditioned and are large and easily accessible but, above all, they create an atmosphere which makes learning fun.In addition to the workers employed by KARL MAYER’s clients, in future, this facility will bring together lecturers, students, trainees, apprentices and the company’s own employees, e.g. from the customer service department, so that they can get to grips with every aspect of warp knitting. This will be done in small groups, with CI-compatibility and with the emphasis on what actually happens in practice. In addition to the standard courses, more flexible, short courses will also be available. These will meet the needs of users worldwide more effectively and provide an efficient way of transferring knowledge.

In order to meet these requirements, it is also a matter of the ‘training the trainers’. The instruction and training programmes are based on the requirements of the KARL MAYER Group’s sales and service sections, and on the feedback from conversations with people who have attended the seminars. The course instructors are also continuously being sent information about the latest innovations being developed in KARL MAYER’s Customer Support and Development Centre.

The KARL MAYER Academy thus provides a unique training service, which will strengthen and consolidate the company’s position on the market and improve the qualifications of the students taking part in the courses.
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