One thing was quite noticeable during the breakfast for apprentices at WESSLING, the international analysis, testing and consulting company: mood and the spirit among the junior employees were right - and the willingness to know was great. All these are important components for successful teamwork and a successful introduction to professional life. WESSLING therefore deliberately promotes good networking among young professionals, beyond its locations and specialist departments. For the twelfth time the shareholder Diana Weßling and Dr Erwin Weßling, the founder of the company, had invited all apprentices to the company headquarters, in Altenberge, for an apprentice breakfast.
What department are you in right now and what exactly are you doing? What did you like best so far? The apprentices had many questions and used the relaxed meeting to learn more about each other. The new faces in the group were particularly singled out for questioning. Although nine apprentices had just started their training in the chemical laboratories and the IT department of WESSLING, they were already right in the middle of things. In addition to technical aspects, the focus was also on topics beyond the daily routine of apprentices. For example, planning for participation in the next WESSLING football tournament is already entering the critical phase.
During the breakfast many also took the opportunity to talk to the more “experienced hands” and to thereby obtain valuable tips. These more senior employees described their own exciting career in the company, for example the journey from apprentice to manager, and detailed their tasks. Diana and Dr Erwin Weßling gave the apprentices an important piece of advice to take with them: “Be curious and keep asking! Here at WESSLING, everyone will listen to you.” One aspect that is emphasised at WESSLING. The principle of the learning organisation is firmly anchored in the corporate philosophy.
The event ended with a celebration: nine apprentices successfully completed their apprenticeship this year and received their final certificates. Jan Burike and Luisa Zasypalov were among the best of their year and were awarded by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) during the honour ceremony. Eight of them have been taken on, one of them is still in the process of obtaining her vocational baccalaureate.
WESSLING Germany is currently training around 30 apprentices at six locations. The junior employees begin their careers in the chemistry laboratories, IT, as industrial clerks or in the field of construction drawing. Thanks to the excellent networking of the international WESSLING locations, the company also offers internships abroad at various locations.
In addition, trainees benefit from numerous benefits, such as bonuses for particularly good performance, or internal instruction and time off during periods of learning.
Qualified employees are gladly taken on as permanent employees after their training.