Groz-Beckert has a long tradition and an excellent reputation as an innovative training company. Completing a technical or commercial training course here means discovering a diverse and fascinating high-tech milieu, and becoming part of an internationally oriented working world. How this environment can be put to optimal use is shown by Dominic Majer. The Baden-Württemberg Chambers of Industry and Commerce Association (BWIHK) presented him with an award in 2009 for his achievement as the state's best production mechanic in the textiles sector.
At its headquarters in Albstadt alone, Groz-Beckert constantly trains around 30 commercial and 145 technical employees, in order to secure qualified junior staff. The training quota lies at over 9% - a clear statement in favour of this future-oriented philosophy. Alongside a sound dual education in different professions the company also offers qualified school-leavers with Abitur (German A-level) various different options: in the combination study course, professional training is combined with university studies, and after 4.5 years students can achieve an IHK qualification and a university bachelor's degree. A further possibility is a dual study course aimed at a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree at the Dual University of Villingen-Schwenningen.
After their training is completed, Groz-Beckert offers exceptionally talented graduates even more possibilities. At the University of Albstadt-Sigmaringen, former trainees can attend the new study course in Technical Textiles, which Groz-Beckert is sponsoring. Alternatively they can take a further course to become Textile Production Mechanics. The company's success in this regard is amply shown by the example of Dominic Majer.
The Baden-Württemberg Chambers of Industry and Commerce Association (BWIHK) presented awards to the state's best junior employees in a ceremony that was held last year for the third time. In 2009 around 40,000 trainees took their final examinations in the presence of the regional state's 12 Chambers of Industry and Commerce. In a special celebration held in the Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim and hosted by TV-star Anke Engelke, the 114 highest-scoring trainees, all of whom received the mark "very good" in their final tests, and also the companies where they trained, were presented with their awards in the presence of more than 800 guests.
Dominic Majer (22) from Balingen is one of seven trainees from the Reutlingen chamber district who were accorded this honour.
His development: after graduating from Realschule, Dominic Majer first completed a course as an industrial mechanic at Groz-Beckert in Albstadt. It was the new possibilities at the company's Technology and Development Centre that prompted him to add a further training course as "textile production mechanic" majoring in "knitting". In the summer of 2009 he then took the examination at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Reutlingen, and gained this outstanding result.
His training: Head trainer Nicolai Wiedmann sees the exemplary training cooperation as a decisive factor in Mr. Majer's success: "The foundation stone was laid in our training workshop, our important company division "knitting" did excellent work, and in the vocational academy in Balingen we had a very important contact, namely Mr. Kanz. Moreover we were given very strong and friendly support by companies in the region, so Dominic was able to gather a lot of valuable experience."
His future: With his double qualification, all doors at the Groz-Beckert company are now open to Dominic Majer. During his training course he learned about the most common knitting methods, carried out experiments for customers, and tested out new needles. In his future area of work, Technical Service, Mr. Majer is close to customers, answering various different inquiries from all over the world – an activity that gives him a great deal of pleasure and which he would like to continue with for some years. His objective in the medium term is to attend Technical School, but first he would like to "spend a few years earning money".