Dual university programs foster permeability between vocational training and university education by combining in-company vocational training with university studies. Fifty-three eleventh and twelfth graders from schools in the region around Schwaebisch Hall followed the invitation to the company's head office on June 8 and 9.
Optima's dual program students offered company presentations and guided interested visitors through the manufacturing, assembly, development, and training departments, answering (nearly) all of the guests' questions. Their instructors were also on board, giving details about the specific study courses, i.e., machine engineering and electrical engineering, including requirements and earning potential.
An opening event in the afternoon of July 15, held for 34 new trainees and their parents, followed a similar schedule: During the company tour, Optima's trainees guided more than 90 guests though the various departments. Company director Hans Bühler welcome guests, outlined the course of the training, and gave a short overview of the work routine at the facilities of the Schwaebisch Hall packaging machine manufacturer.
“Look to the future now” is an important requirement to all companies. Therefore, Optima Group regularly opens its gates for classes from vocational schools and student groups. Each year, up to 15 groups of interested youths have the chance to get live insights into the company and a close encounter with the advanced technologies of the filling and packaging machine sector. The next major event will take place on October 20th and 21st. The networking event “Students meet entrepreneurs,” hosted by Packaging Valley Germany e.V. will grant 60 students of technological subjects from all over Germany the opportunity to visit many of the regional packaging machine manufacturers. For more information visit www.packaging-valley.de.
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