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DEUTZ AG Annual Report 2020

Our progress is driven by people

The ‘Factory for Talents’ turns motivated apprentices into highly-skilled DEUTZ employees. There is a long tradition of training and developing talented young people at DEUTZ.

Mats Lennart Stegemann, apprentice production mechanic (left) and Max Engelhardt, metal technology apprentice (specializing in assembly technology)

At the digital workbenches right next to the milling machines, DEUTZ apprentices wearing protective masks are working on their projects with single-minded focus. Occasionally, they pause to refer to their tablets for help. In the next building, trainee electronics technicians specializing in operating technology are working on assignments for technical college. DEUTZ supplements the college-taught part of the apprenticeship with inhouse lessons. Four training rooms and several smaller meeting rooms are available for this purpose. This is the ‘Factory for Talents’, a place where young adults can take their first steps in the world of work at DEUTZ. The scheme focuses on team spirit and a close relationship between apprentices and instructors – a recipe that has proven very successful. So far, all DEUTZ apprentices have passed their final examinations, many of them with distinction. A Wall of Fame spanning several meters displays the award certificates for outstanding achievements. Since the apprenticeship scheme was first launched 101 years ago, it has always strived for excellence. An endeavor in which it has been, and still is, successful. To date, scheme participants have won 27 awards from the Cologne Chamber of Commerce for best examination performance, 13 awards for best performance at state level, and two awards for best national performance. DEUTZ itself picked up its tenth consecutive award for best apprenticeship provider in 2020.

Within the ‘Factory for Talents’, DEUTZ currently trains 76 young men and women in six different vocations, including mechatronics fitters, materials testers, and IT specialists. DEUTZ’s sites in Ulm and Herschbach train an additional 23 and eight apprentices respectively. And it would be wrong to think that only men are interested in working with engines. At the site in Cologne, 20 percent of apprentices are female these days and the proportion is continuing to rise. DEUTZ generally embraces and celebrates diversity. In Cologne, five different nationalities are represented in the current intake of apprentices, and in Ulm, apprentices with a migrant background make up more than 20 percent of the current intake.

The only setback for the ‘Factory for Talents’ in 2020 was that face-to-face teaching had to be suspended in March and April due to the lock-down. But even in this situation, DEUTZ proved its innovative strength and swiftly provided reliable access to online teaching for all apprentices. Sadly, this instruction was limited to theory as apprentices were unable to access physical equipment such as the milling machine in the ‘Factory for Talents’. But the scheme was a success nonetheless and all apprentices passed their exams successfully.