Building like experts
Pouring foundations, laying bricks, insulating and sealing were all on the programme for the 15 AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG commercial apprentices at the Vocational Training Institute of the Construction Industry in North-Rhine Westphalia (Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie NRW) in Hamm. Whilst the apprentices normally work for one of the building and construction material suppliers where they learn how to sell building materials to customers, this week working practices were on the agenda. "Physically it really is a challenge but it's fun. I think it's good to familiarise yourself with the craftsman's perspective," stressed 18-year-old Jasmin Brandt, prospective merchant for wholesale and foreign trade.
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- Laying bricks, insulating and plastering were on the programme for the 15 AGRAVIS apprentices at the Vocational Training Institute of the Construction Industry in North-Rhine Westphalia (Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie NRW) in Hamm.
Instructor Meinolf Haarmann made sure that all participants were wearing work trousers and safety footwear, and explained, for example, how craftsmen hit stones and check spirit levels. "I think it's really important that merchants observe the craft and vice versa. In doing so we can prevent misunderstandings regarding the quality and use of materials," explained Meinolf Haarmann. Division manager, Thomas Gab, explained how practice and theory fit together in the AGRAVIS world. "Our young employees should experience the characteristics of the construction materials themselves in order to be able to best advise our customers day-to-day," emphasised the construction expert.