Altogether 52 trainees and students – more than ever before – are ready to take their first steps in their career at KERN-LIEBERS in Schramberg
„We live technology“ – for about four weeks now the slogan of KERN-LIEBERS is also the motto of the 52 young people who start their professional education directly at KERN-LIEBERS in Schramberg (46), at the subsidiaries CARL HAAS (3) and BOHNERT (1), or at the company Laufer (2), with which KERN-LIEBERS holds a training cooperation since several years. On 4 September 2017 they were officially welcomed.
The event was opened by training manager Andreas Bitzer, who welcomed the newcomers to the KERN-LIEBERS family. Dr. Udo Schnell, president and CEO of the KERN-LIEBERS Group of Companies, was next to welcome the new trainees and students. In a short presentation he informed the young audience about the company’s history and milestones. CTO Dirk Heers and CFO Klaus Scheuble, as well as HR manager Martin Hofferberth, the Business Unit leaders and the workers’ council also joined the round of introductions.
Two days later, from 6 to 8 September 2017, the new trainees and students were already off to the first milestone event of the KERN-LIEBERS training period: the so-called “Industrial Pedagogy Seminar” in Weil der Stadt near Stuttgart.
Besides the 52 “freshmen” from Schramberg, 13 trainees of KERN-LIEBERS’ subsidiaries Kurt Meder GmbH (VS-Schwenningen), Saxonia Umformtechnik GmbH (Göppingen), Schweizer GmbH & Co. KG (Reutlingen) and Naplafa (Chemnitz) participated in the event as well.
Focus on teambuilding
The three-day seminar preliminarily aims at strengthening the team-working skills and allowing the trainees of the different subsidiaries to get to know each other.
This year the group was guided by Mr. Flaig, Mr. Geidel (both KERN-LIEBERS) and Mr. Gomez (Saxonia GmbH). On the agenda were different training sessions and discussion rounds, where the young participants could exchange their expectations and strengthen their team-working skills.
Of course there was also lots of fun and action: put together in groups and “armed” with map and compass, the participants for example had to master an orientation run, where the teams had to solve tricky tasks at different stations.
At the joint barbecue the new trainees and students had the chance to meet and talk to HR Manager Martin Hofferberth, training manager Andreas Bitzer, Fred Zehnder and Josef Fuderer (chairman and member of the workers’ council), as well as Holger Raupach, chairman of the workers’ council of NAPLAFA.
A broad range of opportunities for graduates
KERN-LIEBERS offers 15 different training and study programs – six of them being technical trainings, three commercial trainings and six study programs at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW). With the new study program Information Technology – Focus on Industrial Automatization – KERN-LIEBERS for the first time offers a program in cooperation with Heidenheim University (DHBW).
The high quality of professional education is known well beyond the company’s borders and confirmed each year by the top grades reached by KERN-LIEBERS graduates in their final exams.
KERN-LIEBERS also regularly offers refugees the chance to take first steps in professional life. Currently, two young refugees complete their professional education in Schramberg.