A new chapter in life

October 6, 2017, Jan Schneider

Induction week for the new apprentices and students on dual study programs.

Apprenticeships and dual study programs mark the beginning of a new chapter in life for young people: leaving school, starting work. This was also the case for 24 apprentices and dual study program students arriving in the conference room at the Rutronik company in Ispringen full of anticipation for the next three years on Friday, September 1. 24 individuals who are part of the whole enterprise: Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH.

Rutronik offers these young people the opportunity to achieve new goals and master challenges. As a new apprentice at Rutronik, I also participated in the induction week and would like to report on my impressions of the event: 

The first week was packed with highlights from different areas. First, we got to know the company and the other apprentices in a round of introductions. So the ice was initially broken and we continued straight away with a tour of the company. Quality management and safety at work were the first aspects that we were given insights into. Rules and regulations are just as much part of our working day as set procedures and were therefore introduced to us during the induction training.

Another component was the very important topic of “business etiquette” in everyday working life.  We were prepared on how to correctly interact with colleagues and business partners. The teamwork and active involvement of everyone was required, which helped shape the training ourselves. In addition to these topics, we have dealt with various forms of communication, structured work and soft skills. 

At the end of the induction week another highlight was waiting for us: a two-day trip to Bad Herrenalb - very informal, outside the company. These two days offered us more exciting impressions, our first experiences in teamwork and an idea of what was awaiting us over the next few months. The most exciting team task was to use paper and adhesive tape to construct a protective mechanism that protects an egg from bursting on the floor when it falls out of the window. One-hour exhausting negotiations for a pen, paper and sharpener as part of a simulation game and a daring riverbed hike ensured high spirits. We rounded off the day with dinner together in a relaxed atmosphere and everyone got to know each other even better. 

After this induction week, it was time for each individual to settle in and find their place in the respective departments. The foundation for a successful start to the apprenticeship and studying was laid, and we would finally therefore like to thank the entire team led by Julia Kolem and Lena Schmid.