Fendt apprentices have been using the TalentWERK since September 2021. After postponements due to the Corona pandemic, the official opening ceremony could now take place.
Lots of light floods the 1,300 m2 workshop through the newly inserted windows. The images of Fendt machines and green accents immediately show that the TalentWERK belongs to Fendt. The workstations at lathes and milling machines, welding equipment and drawing stations are generously distributed and equipped with modern technology. Digital construction designs can be loaded directly onto the digital terminal via the network at the new lathes. The machine parameters are also displayed here and maintenance is explained via a training video directly on the terminal.
"Apprentices at Fendt pass through an average of 20 different departments, from manufacturing and production to the hardening shop and even our materials laboratory. From the second year of their apprenticeship, they spend around 50 percent of their time working in the plant," says Ingrid Bußjäger-Martin, Managing Director Finance and IT Fendt, explaining the broad-based training. "The apprenticeship is a formative time, because the skills learned there form the basis for the entire career. The completion rate of 100 percent and that most apprentices remain loyal to us confirm our approach. In addition to teaching skills, however, experiencing our culture - the Fendt spirit - is also very important to us."
Opening speeches greetings for the Fendt TalentWERK
Apprentices in commercial and industrial-technical fields learn practical and theoretical knowledge for their future careers in the new training workshop. In addition to the apprenticeships for industrial mechanic, warehouse logistics specialist, mechatronics technician and industrial clerk, the apprenticeships for IT specialist for digital networking/application development/system integration (since 2022), metal technology specialist - assembly technology (since 2021) and technical product designer (since 2017) have been added.
"We can train up to 36 young people per apprenticeship year and promote their talents. This is exactly what the new name of the former training workshop - TalentWERK - stands for," explains Simon Mößmer, head of training Fendt. This includes not only practical skills, but also self-organization. "We also have our own central tool dispenser here, just like in production. The apprentices are responsible for managing their own tools and that works very well," says a pleased Simon Mößmer.
Balloons and postcards
To celebrate the day, Fendt apprentices and guests released balloons with greetings into the sky. An initiative that ensured that even hours later balloons with postcards could still be seen in the surrounding area.
Going once, going twice, sold to a good cause
Before the apprentice workshop moved to the new building, the apprentices sorted it out together with Simon Mößmer. The decommissioned machines and tools were auctioned off to Fendt employees in a large auction and the money donated. "Our apprentices were keen to donate the money to the victims of the flood in the Ahr Valley and organized the auction themselves precisely for this purpose," reports Simon Mößmer, visibly proud.
The auction raised 26,600 euros for the good cause.