AGRAVIS Technik companies actively searching for trainees
In many sectors, the race for the specialist staff of tomorrow is on. At the Technik companies of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, very different paths are taken by those responsible together with the human resources development of the company, in order to attract young talent and to convince them how diverse and interesting jobs in the field of agricultural machinery are.
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- At the open day in Uelzen, students could try out the field of agricultural machinery.
The AGRAVIS Technik Heide-Altmark GmbH at the Uelzen location held an open day, for example, for the opening of a workshop as part of a human resources marketing campaign for young talent. "We have been thinking about how we will continue to attract qualified apprentices in the future," explains branch manager Meiko Witte. Up to 15 apprentices help make up the 62 staff members in the Uelzen location. AGRAVIS contacted the secondary and vocational schools in the area and invited young people, who were about to graduate, to the open day. "We also want to reach out to and motivate young people who do not have direct contact with agriculture," explains Witte. "They often do not know what sort of training opportunities we have here."
Attractive jobs in machinery
In the field of machinery, there are various attractive apprenticeship professions. Agricultural and construction machinery mechatronics, external and wholesale trading or mechatronics engineering in the field of commercial vehicles – these are just examples of what young people can learn here. Apprentices from the Uelzen location were also available to answer the young visitors' questions. "Then a conversation can take place on the same level and the students feel less inhibited," says Eva Sebbel from Human Resources Development.
Agricultural machinery practice day at universities
The Agricultural machinery practice day, which has already been held three times by AGRAVIS, is aimed at the students of Osnabrück University and the Soest University of Applied Sciences. The prospective agricultural scientists obtained information most recently in Melle at the dual location of AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH and AGRAVIS Technik Lenne-Lippe GmbH about new trends in precision farming and about AGRAVIS as an employer. Here as well, direct contact with potential junior employees plays an important role for the corporation. The students not only receive information on specialist topics, but also have the opportunity to talk with specialists from the plant cultivation, agricultural machinery and human resources areas.
Closer contact with universities
"We use this day to introduce to students the job profile of an agricultural machinery salesperson and its corresponding background. In addition, we introduce AGRAVIS as an employer beyond the field of machinery," explains Eva Sebbel. "The job profile of an agricultural machinery salesperson is becoming increasingly demanding. In addition to the knowledge of complex machinery and commercial skills, salespeople must also have good communication skills," underlines Wilhelm Jürgens, Managing Director at AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH.
"Furthermore, we want to use a day like this to develop a closer relationship with higher education establishments and to come into contact with students early on," says Jürgens. In the past, a number of apprenticeships and job offers have emerged from these contacts.