Big Stage

In the context of "Think Big!", WIRTGEN GROUP trainees inspired other young people to consider technical careers while highlighting the Group's many advantages as an employer.

"Think Big!" is a separate micro-event organized by young talents within bauma for students aged between 12 and 18. A total of 16 companies, training institutions and associations used the 3,000-m² exhibition area of the "Think Big!" project to present information on the various opportunities for basic and further training in the industry. The WIRTGEN GROUP trainees were in on the action. With their live shows and hands-on activities at the information desk, they gave a practical demonstration of just how exciting and varied vocational training in different trades can be in the WIRTGEN GROUP. Germany's Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also seized the opportunity to learn more. He was impressed when he visited the trainees in the exhibition area in Hall B0 on Monday. "Think Big!" was organized by the German Engineering Association VDMA in cooperation with Messe München.

VIP visit: Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel met the WIRTGEN GROUP trainees during his exhibition tour.

Vocational training in action

The 20-minute stage shows "Workshop Live" were a highlight of the exhibition. Two presenters interviewed the trainees about their training vocations while they worked on construction machines. The WIRTGEN GROUP trainees had brought along a WIRTGEN small milling machine W 60 Ri for this purpose. They used the machine to demonstrate troubleshooting procedures using the WIDIAG diagnostic system and replaced cutting tools in the milling drum during their on-stage shows. Ever eloquent and friendly, they explained the various components produced in different training vocations to an interested audience.

From the planning and assembly to our activities at the trade fair – we always worked together as a team. That not only creates a bond, but also boosts your own self-confidence.
Paul Herrwerth, third-year mechatronics trainee

Joining forces

The numerous hands-on activities at the WIRTGEN GROUP information desk were also well received. Visitors were equally impressed by the soldering of circuit boards and the robot built by the trainees themselves, as well as by the presentation of trainees' final projects. Visitors flocked to see E-Motion – a battery-powered scooter licensed to drive on public roads: trainees had devoted innumerable hours of work to this electrically driven scooter which was raffled at the end of the exhibition.

Questions from interested students were competently answered by the trainees themselves, supported by their instructors. "I am proud of our youngsters and the fervor with which they presented themselves and our company here. It was a strong team performance and every single one of them will profit personally from the experience," says Helmut Hecking, Head of Training at WIRTGEN, viewing the large crowds thronging the WIRTGEN GROUP stand with satisfaction. "In live shows too, our trainees were able to show just what they're capable of. All in all, the whole event was a resounding success," says Hecking.

Actively shaping the future

Training has always been a matter of high priority for the Group. The WIRTGEN GROUP has 310 trainees in its various German brand headquarters and more than a third of the core workforce obtained their qualifications internally in approved training vocations. The basic philosophy is to train the future workforce internally – a worthwhile investment in future security for both parties, and indeed, so far the Group's constant growth has made it possible to offer almost all trainees a long-term employment contract.

Mastering this challenge builds immense self-confidence. It was a great experience.
Philipp Hallerbach, trainee at WIRTGEN