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Career 10/08/2019

Baumer of America relies on German training model

Bäumer has reached an important milestone for the training of workers at the Towaco site.

Uwe Scharfy, CEO of Baumer of America, was the first to initiate a training program in the state of New Jersey together with Arconic and the German American Chamber of Commerce of New York.

Training with a difference

"Employees should be better trained in the future. So far, there are no classic training occupations in the US like we offer in Germany".

In cooperation with the German-American Chamber of Commerce, junior staff will be trained according to the German model. Visits to our German branches will make it possible in future to familiarize trainees with the new training model. Uwe Scharfy explains enthusiastically: "During a three-week stay in Germany, the trainee can experience what the training in Germany looks like and get a picture of it".  The training lasts three years, just as it does in Germany. During this time, the trainee will work three days a week in the company and attend classes at a local college. After successful completion, the trainee receives an Apprentice Training Certificate. Daniel Finley is the first to be trained as a mechatronics engineer at Bäumer of America. Uwe Scharfy sees great potential: "For the time being, there will only be technical apprenticeships, but the whole project is expandable so that we can also imagine offering commercial professions later on". 

The state's targeted initiative makes it possible to develop skilled workers so that Bäumer can continue to grow as a strategic manufacturer in New Jersey.  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced more than $3 million in grants to fund programs that will train apprentices in the future. Not only does Governor Murphy supports the German training program, but the German education is generally very highly regarded in America also,“ explains Uwe Scharfy.

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