Gerresheimer expands its training offering in the Czech Republic

With some 700 employees, Gerresheimer’s plant in Horšovský Týn (HT) is one of the largest production sites in the Gerresheimer Group.
With some 700 employees, Gerresheimer’s plant in Horšovský Týn (HT) is one of the largest production sites in the Gerresheimer Group.

New apprenticeship for budding machine fitters

Düsseldorf/Regensburg, May 30, 2018 – Gerresheimer’s site in the Czech town of Horšovský Týn is expanding its range of apprenticeships in line with the German model and will now be training machine fitters specializing in injection-moulding technology and toolmaking as well as industrial engineers specializing in plastics.

“We need technically adept young talent at our plant, people who have received sound practical and theoretical training, who understand our customers’ high quality requirements, and who know what will make or break our production lines,” says Helmut Schweiger, Senior Plant Director at Horšovský Týn Medical Systems. “This is why we’re continuing to invest in bringing on the next generation.”

Building the bridges of partnership

Five years ago, Helmut Schweiger was awarded the title of “Brückenbauer / Stavitel mostu” (“bridge-builder” in German and Czech) in recognition of his achievements in setting up a dual vocational training pathway in the Czech Republic. Working together with the vocational school in Domažlice, Gerresheimer Horšovský Týn had decided to trial a dual training system in a pilot project that had never before been attempted in the country. For more than seven years now, Gerresheimer has been readying young people in the Czech Republic for the world of work.

Industrial engineers since 2012 and machine fitters from 2018

Since 2012, the factory has trained a total of 32 staff as industrial engineers, 15 of whom were then given substantive positions. And the next generation of machine fitters have also begun their apprenticeships – three recent school leavers who are tackling their training with optimism for reasons that, although completely different, do share some similarities. The three are united by their interest in metalworking and toolmaking. Samantha Nachreiner, František Sladký, and Václav Neumaier are pleased that they chose a dual vocational training pathway. Applications for the 2019 intake are already being received.