Many employees who are assigned as machine and plant operators in Husum were originally qualified for a different occupation. Most of these employees are trained to work only at specifically assigned workplaces. To achieve more expertise and versatility, Mersen – in cooperation with Germany’s Federal Employment Agency and the Flensburg Chamber of Industry and Commerce – has developed an advanced training measure on the basis of the recently passed Qualification Opportunities Act, which makes it possible to complete the two-year vocational training as a machine and plant operator in only 10 months. Currently, instructors from the vocational advancement centre in Heide are giving the employees full-time instruction in theory and practice. The training is held in the training workshop of the Krones company in Flensburg. Starting in January the employees will resume working at the company three days a week, with only two classroom days in Flensburg.
“An important goal of this measure is to give our employees the opportunity to strengthen and expand their knowledge and skills acquired on the job. This will enrich the company’s daily activities with even more expertise and versatility in the future”, explains Personnel Manager Astrid Reimers. “And the participants receive a respected advanced qualification from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. It is therefore a win-win situation for everyone involved.” So far there has been only positive feedback on this “pilot project”, so that Mersen is open for other similar measures and projects.