Five new apprentices at Low & Bonar
With the arrival of five new apprentices, it’s also time to say goodbye.
It’s that time again: As is usual every year in August, we are delighted to welcome our new group of apprentices to Low & Bonar. This also means that after three years of training, two apprentices have reached their first career goal as planned. Congratulations to Simon Roebers and Glena Poschen for successfully passing the exam! While Glena Poschen has decided to continue her career at Low & Bonar, Simon Roebers will unfortunately be leaving us. Having completed his training, he has decided to pursue a degree in business administration in Cologne. We wish him all the best.
We asked Simon a few questions about his time at Low & Bonar.
For Simon it was clear from the initial interview three and a half years ago that he wanted to train as an industrial clerk at Low & Bonar. It was important to him that the industry he worked in really interested him and that the work climate within the company was right. “My coworkers were definitely the best thing about my time at Low & Bonar”, says Simon. “When things aren’t going smoothly in the business, you can rely on the people you work with. That’s our greatest strength.” What he particularly liked is the fact that as a apprentice he was not treated any differently from his colleagues and that he was given a high degree of responsibility. Simon’s tasks included processing orders and handling complaints. The most important things Simon learned over the three years is how to interact on the phone with confidence, how to communicate well with colleagues and how to say “no” if necessary. When asked if he is sad to be leaving Low & Bonar, Simon replied that he has mixed feelings about his departure. He’s of course also looking forward to what’s coming next.
When I asked Simon if there were any tips he would like to give the new apprentices, he replied:
“Always keep your eyes and ears open. There are so many new things to learn in a short period of time; just try to make as much as you can out of the time.”
Meanwhile, things are ramping up for the five new apprentices in four different departments: The first two days are the official orientation days and serve the purpose of getting to know the new apprentices and letting them know what they can expect over the course of the next three years.
On the first day, there was a brief presentation for the apprentices, in which the preliminary training plan and some information about Low & Bonar was provided to give the apprentices an overview. The second day was used for an administrative tour of the company so that the apprentices could get to know the various departments and their future coworkers.
We talked to the five apprentices about their experiences up until now as well as their expectations:
Jan Mix is training as an IT specialist for system integration and is looking forward to the next three years and especially to the regular daily routine. He is hoping to experience an exciting time with nice colleagues who share the same interests so that he can also do things with them in his leisure time. Jan also hopes that he will be able to expand his level of knowledge and achieve good results in the end. “What is important for me is that I will have learned to work independently by the end,” he says.
Kristy Küppers and Marie-Louise Weidner are training as industrial clerks. They think that the best thing about this training is that you can check out all the departments over a period of several weeks and get an idea of what you like best. What’s more, the diverse insights into the business processes and into each possible career will offer a welcome change of pace for both of them.
The fact that they are treated as equals by the other employees has made an especially good impression on them both, along with the way in which their colleagues at Low & Bonar take time with the apprentices to thoroughly explain and show them everything. “You can see that employee satisfaction is a top priority here,” says Marie-Louise. “It’s no wonder that Low & Bonar has such a good reputation.”
Ali Öztürk made the decision to train as a mechatronics engineer and wants to learn as much as possible in the process. For him, the most important thing is that he successfully completes his training and gains many new life experiences. “I think it’s good that you have to deal with solving problems. If something is defective, then we will correct the problem, and most of the things you learn here can also be applied in everyday life,” says Ali. During his training, he will be dealing with installation, improvement and maintenance of machines in production.
Jana Hoff is training as a marketing communications manager. She deliberately chose Low & Bonar for her training because it gives her the opportunity to integrate her creativity into her day-to-day professional work. She is particularly looking forward to learning how to help shape a website.
“I have the feeling that I will be involved in the work right from the start and that I will have some responsibility,” she says. “You also learn something new here every day here. That’s what makes it so interesting.”
We hope that all the apprentices have a lot of fun and an exciting and educational experience at Low & Bonar, and we officially extend a warm and cordial welcome to all of them.