Broadening the horizon to face new challenges

Innovative apprentice project at Guntermann & Drunck and QOSIT

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Why do two apprentices in training for becoming IT professionals swap their training companies? Because broadening their horizon does not only strengthen their personality and increases the charm of a classical corporate apprenticeship. It's also something the companies benefit from. In an unusual project, two companies from Germany's Siegerland region swapped apprentices - at least for some time.

Thriving partnership

The program has been an exciting and thrilling time for the two apprentices. Having left school only a while ago, the grown up world welcomed them with new, serious tasks in the form of an apprenticeship as IT system electronics. For three months, Daniel Berkemer from Guntermann & Drunck in Wilnsdorf, Germany, and Thilo Klein from QOSIT Information Technology GmbH in Siegen, Germany, swapped their training companies.

New companies, new products, new services, new workflows and, last but not least, new colleagues. Many challenges right after having found one's way into work life.

According to a defined schedule, the apprentices spent their time in all departments relevant to their tasks. Prior to the exchange, the instructors of G&D and QOSIT worked out this schedule together. The goal: broaden the horizon, gain knowledge and use both to benefit the company.

Clearing hurdles

The companies are similar yet different. While Guntermann & Drunck develop, manufacture and sell special IT devices called KVM products, QOSIT specialises in SME-oriented IT infrastructure and network solutions with comprehensive consulting and services.

Versatile challenges require the willingness to face them. With much dedication and commitment, both young men learned fast how to familiarize themselves with the work of the other.

How the project started

For Guntermann & Drunck, dual apprenticeships play a large role in training future specialists. With its portfolio, the medium-sized manufacturer of KVM products provides its services and devices to customers from small to worldwide operating companies. "KVM products are niche products. Therefore, we need to train our specialists ourselves." says Roland Ollek, CEO Sales and Marketing at Guntermann & Drunck. "Both, the company and the employees benefit from this kind of training. The more knowledge young people gather, the broader their possibilities within the company. Already during their three years of training, our apprentices are encouraged to find the tasks they enjoy the most. That's where they will be working once they finish their training." In the IT sector and especially in the Siegerland region, we are extremely affected by the shortage of skilled specialists.

As IT service provider, we place high demands on our employees - also in regards to their soft skills. Therefore, it is a logical step for us to train our future employees within our company. By participating in the apprentice exchange, our apprentices get to know another company and its workflow which gives them the chance to broaden their horizons." says Tim Otterbach, instructor at QOSIT.

After a successful beta-test, Guntermann & Drunck and QOSIT will continue their cooperation in the future.
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