Gerresheimer apprentice receives the Günter Schwank Prize

Gerresheimer apprentice receives  the Günter Schwank Prize
From left to right: Manfred Baumann (Managing Director, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH), Franz Heininger (Technical Trainer, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf), Kerstin Jäger, Annika Zach (Manager People Development, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf) and Nicole Heimann (Head of Global Training Center, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf)

Kerstin Jäger from Nabburg is awarded the training prize of the Gesamtverband Kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie

Wackersdorf, August 13, 2020: The Günter Schwank Training Prize, worth a total of €5,000, is awarded annually to the best process mechanic trainees in plastics and rubber technology. This year Kerstin Jäger, apprentice at Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, is one of the 10 most outstanding training graduates in Germany. Awards are presented not only to the apprentices themselves but also to their companies and their vocational school for creating optimum training conditions.

As the sponsor of the vocational training program "Process Mechanic for Plastics and Rubber Technology", the GKV has been awarding the ten best graduates of the training program in Germany every year since 2001. Since this year, the prize has been named after Günter Schwank, Honorary President of the GKV, who died in 2019. In addition to the prize money and a certificate, the winners receive an annual subscription to the magazine "Kunststoffe" and are accepted into the "Club of the Best". Almost every year apprentices from Gerresheimer are among the prize winners, in 2020 it is Kerstin Jäger with a total of 95 out of 100 possible points. For her performance she has already been awarded the title of Chamber Best.

The presentation of the prize took place on August 10 in the company's Technical Competence Center Wackersdorf. After a welcoming speech by Manfred Baumann (Managing Director, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Regensburg) Nicole Heimann (Head of Global Training Center, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf), Annika Zach (Manager People Development, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf) and Franz Heininger (Technical Trainer, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf) presented the certificate and prize money to the winner. The usual presentation of the prize by Ralf Olsen (CEO pro-K) and Klaus-Uwe Reiß (CEO pro-K) unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the corona pandemic. The award is endowed with prize money of 1500 €, 1,000 € and 300 € for the first, second and third places.

"The apprentices and dual students of Gerresheimer Medical Systems have regularly been among the SHI prize winners since the introduction of the sponsorship prize. In 2020 one of our young talents has now received the prize for the twelfth time," said Manfred Baumann, "I congratulate the prize winner and also our apprentices and trainers who have made this success possible with their competence and commitment. It shows that our training center at TCC Wackersdorf continues to produce the top talent that we need for our innovative strength and competitiveness in the global pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical technology business.

Training as a process mechanic for plastics and rubber technology opens the door to a career in a versatile future-oriented industry. The training usually lasts three years. Following the apprenticeship, there are further training opportunities to become a master craftsman in the field of plastics and rubber or a plastics and rubber technician. Those who meet the relevant requirements can also study to become a plastics engineer or combine training and studies in a dual course of study from the very beginning. At Gerresheimer Regensburg there are currently still vacant training positions for process mechanics.

The General Association of the Plastics Processing Industry (GKV)

The GKV is the umbrella organization of the German plastics processing industry and is responsible for training process mechanics for plastics and rubber technology. As an umbrella organization, it bundles and represents the common interests of its member associations and acts as a mouthpiece for politics and the public. With an annual turnover of 65.7 billion € and 335,000 employees in almost 3,000 companies, the plastics processing industry is one of the most important branches of industry in Germany.

The predominantly medium-sized industry is characterised by a high degree of innovation and a diverse product range. Plastics are used in almost all areas of life.

About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry. With specialty glass and plastic products, the Company contributes to health and well-being. Gerresheimer oper-ates worldwide and its approximately 10,000 employees manufacture products in local markets, close to its customers. With plants in Europe, North America, South America and Asia, Gerresheimer generates revenues of around EUR 1.4 bn. The comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the safe, simple administration of medicines: insulin pens, inhalers, micro pumps, prefillable syringes, injection vials, ampoules, bottles, and containers for liquid and solid medicines with closure and safety systems as well as packaging for the cosmetics industry.