AGRAVIS Technik apprentices: a tradition of success
Jan-Christoph Witte, Tobias and Stefan Schmeink are responsible for the excellent apprenticeships that AGRAVIS provides
Apprenticeship – an absolutely crucial activity in AGRAVIS Technik companies. This is attested to by an average apprenticeship ratio of 18 percent. The reason for this high figure is the large number of apprentices training as mechatronics technicians for agricultural and construction machinery. But AGRAVIS Technik apprenticeships concentrate on excellent quality rather than just quantity. Technik apprentices score highly again and again in competitions.
Jan-Christoph Witte of AGRAVIS Technik BvL GmbH picked up his award at Agritechnica 2017 at 5 o’clock on Tuesday 14 November in the “Workshop live Arena” in Hall 2. After winning chamber of commerce and state victories, the mechatronics technician for farm and construction machinery secured second place across the whole country in the German crafts competition. In Lüneburg, he completed the ten workstations confidently and was ultimately only beaten by the Brandenburg state winner.
Jan-Christoph Witte spent three and a half years learning the profession of mechatronics technician for farm and construction machinery at AGRAVIS Technik BvL GmbH’s Gronau site. Workshop foreman Berthold Rengers was his instructor. After completing his training, Jan-Christoph Witte worked at AGRAVIS Technik BvL GmbH’s site in Coesfeld as a mechatronics technician for farm and construction machinery.
Two very special former apprentices
Two very special former apprentices have been working at AGRAVIS Technik Lenne-Lippe GmbH’snew Brakel site since July 2017: brothers Tobias and Stefan Schmeink were state winners of the German crafts competition for their respective years. Both qualified at national level and both of them were eventually the fourth-placed apprentice mechatronics technician for farm machinery in Germany – Tobias in 2014 and Stefan in 2016.
The brothers earned their spurs at AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH in Steinheim. Rudolf Düwel was these young men’s successful instructor. Both brothers were awarded a Chamber of Trade master craftsman bursary. Tobias Schmeink ranked best of year in his master craftsman’s examination in 2016.
They took their first career steps together after their apprenticeships. They have worked at the new AGRAVIS Technik Lenne-Lippe GmbH Brakel site since July. Journeyman Stefan Schmeink is preparing for his second master craftsman course and master craftsman Tobias Schmeink has taken up his position as deputy workshop manager.
Apprenticeships at AGRAVIS
Training as a mechatronics technician for farm and construction machinery is suitable for all young people – male and female – who are passionate about state-of-the-art machinery and enjoy working on machines and vehicles. An apprenticeship involves practical work in house and theoretical study at a vocational college. In three and a half years, the apprentices learn to repair, maintain and service agricultural, horticultural, forestry and local authority plant and machinery. At the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentices familiarise themselves with essential tools, materials and liquids and then use these to perform actual work.
AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG is a major training establishment. The apprenticeship ratio is over 9 percent. AGRAVIS provides training for a total of 17 commercial and industrial/technical occupations. In addition there are two dual vocational study programmes.