Visitors from Georgia

German training model to become the model for the Gerresheimer US location

German training model to become the model for the Gerresheimer US location
Stefan Schumann (Trainee Sampling/Metrology, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf) explains to the guests from the United States which professions are taught in the training center in Wackersdorf with the help of the training/apprenticeship model. From left to right: Dr. Ian Bond (Executive Director of the International Center of the Technical College System of Georgia), Stefan Schumann, Rolf Springmann (Global Senior Director Human Resources, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Regensburg), Steve Daniel (President of West Georgia Technical College), W. Mark Andrews (Executive Vice President of Southern Crescent Technical College), Verena Ziereis (Process Engineer, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf)

Wackersdorf/Düsseldorf, December 14. Executives from three technical colleges from the state of Georgia visited the Gerresheimer facilities in Wackersdorf and Pfreimd. They were accompanied by the Director of the State of Georgia Europe Office, which is based in Munich and promotes the recruitment of European companies to Georgia. The objective of the visit was to intro-duce the American guests to the exemplary training system with its intensive intermeshing of schools, universities, and the company.

When touring the development labs and production facilities, visitors first notice the modern injection molding machines, automatic assembly machines, and test devices. What is even more important than high-tech equipment is the employees’ performance and efficiency to ensure the quality of the products. This is why training has always been important to Gerresheimer. The company does not post vacancies and wait for the right applicants. It prefers to train own future specialists for the company. With its unique dual training system, and increasing optimization of its dual-track university studies, Germany is laying an outstanding founda-tion for the implementation of this strategy. The intermeshing of theory taught in vocational schools and the acquisition of practical experience in the company where trainees complete their apprenticeship provides these participating companies with the opportunity to ensure that they will fulfill their demand for employees - employees who were trained in step with actual practice and are highly qualified. Gerresheimer not only takes advantage of this opportunity, but even goes a step further. Having developed a partnership with the vocational school in Domažlice in which provides trainees for the company facility in Horšovský Týn; Gerresheimer has successfully exported its dual training system to the Czech Republic. In the area of university studies, the company advanced the intensive intermeshing of theory and practice as well, through joint research and development projects and the establishment of an endowed professorship for the subject area of medical technology production at the Technical University of East Bavaria in Amberg-Weiden.

German training model to become the model for the Gerresheimer US location
From left to right: Rolf Springmann (Global Senior Director Human Resources, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Regensburg), W. Mark Andrews (Executive Vice President of Southern Crescent Technical College), Steve Daniel (President of West Georgia Technical College), Dr. Ian Bond (Executive Director of the International Center of the Technical College System of Georgia), Stefan Schumann (Trainee Sampling/Metrology, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf) and Axel Süß (Head of Human Resources Germany, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Regensburg)

The advantages of a dual training system have now generated a great deal of interest in the United States. During a trip through Germany this summer, Nathan Deal, the Governor of the State of Georgia, visited our head office in Düsseldorf to learn more about the successful German model. The Governor and the State of Georgia are very interested in the success of American and International companies based in Georgia. To provide very important competitive incentives, the State supports the training and continuing education initiatives of those companies. The Gerresheimer plant in Peachtree City, Georgia, currently has approxi-mately 120 employees. Due to the expansion strategy in the American Market, however, the number of employees there will increase consist-ently. In the year 2017 alone, increase the number of employees will increase up to 200. It is not always easy, however, to find adequately qualified employees in a country that does not have a dual training system. This is why Gerresheimer is planning to work closely with schools near Peachtree City to familiarize future employees with the sophisticated processes of a medical technology company while they are still in training. Rolf Springmann (Global Senior Director Human Resources, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Regensburg, Germany) is looking forward to the new training options: “This is a very positive cooperative project that allows us to do something for companies and employees on both sides of the Atlantic. That is an encouraging development, particularly in these times.”

German training model to become the model for the Gerresheimer US location
Nathan Deal, the Governor of Georgia (center) visited Gerresheimer in Düsseldorf to
find out more about the German training system in July 2016

Having contacted three vocational colleges in Georgia, the plans are ready for execution. During their visit in Wackersdorf and Pfreimd, Steve Daniel (President of West Georgia Technical College), W. Mark Andrews (Executive Vice President of Southern Crescent Technical College), Dr. Ian Bond (Executive Director of the International Center of the Technical College System of Georgia) and Antje Abshoff (Managing Director State of Georgia – Europe Office) had the opportunity to see how the German model with its practice-oriented training works. Axel Süß (Head of Human Resources Germany, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Regens-burg), and Rolf Springmann introduced the guests to our training system as well as its successful implementation in Wackersdorf and Pfreimd in depth. Then, Stefan Schuman (Trainee Sampling/Metrology, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf) and Verena Ziereis (Process Engineer, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf) talked about their experience with this training model. These two Gerresheimer trainees received an award for their outstanding perfor-mance from the National Association of Plastics Processors (Gesamtverbands der Kunststoffverarbeitenden Industrie - GKV). During a tour of the production facilities in Pfreimd, the guests were then able to see for themselves how the quality of training is reflected in day-to-day operations.

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Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industries. The company’s special glass and plastic products contribute to health and well-being. Gerresheimer is a global organization with about 10,000 employees and manufacturing operations in the local markets, close to customers. With plants in Europe, North and South America and Asia Gerresheimer generates revenues in excess of EUR 1.4 billion. The comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging products as well as convenient and safe drug delivery systems such as insulin pens, inhalers, pre-fillable syringes, vials, ampoules, bottles and containers for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals with closure and safety systems, plus cosmetic packaging products.

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