Delegation of French Senate visits the Würth Group

Künzelsau. The dual education system in Germany has an excellent international reputation since uniform and high-quality professional training and further education constitute an important reason for Germany’s economic strength. In order to obtain concrete information about this system, nine delegates from the French Senate paid a visit to the federal state of Baden-Württemberg for two days and came to the Würth Group in Künzelsau on Wednesday, 23 May 2007.

In a half-day symposium, the French guests learnt details about the company's practical training activities. Dr. Harald Unkelbach, member of the Würth Group's Central Managing Board, gave them a brief overview of the company. Thomas Wagner, head of the training department at Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, afterwards pointed out the advantages of dual education for the entire economy, and explained the concrete training situation at the Würth Group. Currently, 767 people are being trained at the enterprise’s various Group companies in Germany. „We would like the leap from school into professional life to be a challenging and fun success," Thomas Wagner said. “For that reason, multiple opportunities are presented to the trainees through the participation in seminars and workshops, internships at Group companies in Germany and abroad as well as ride-along days with the sales force.”

For decades, the Commercial School Künzelsau has closely cooperated with the Würth Group as it is the largest provider of traineeships in the region. Gerald Bollgönn, principal of the school, explained the role of the vocational school as a dual partner and noted that the training system's lasting success could not be guaranteed without intensive theoretical courses and educational contents geared towards the needs of industry.

The fact that training does not only pose a challenge by demanding performance and predicating personal and social skills, but can also be fun, was amply documented by the interesting presentation given by three trainees of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG: Yasmin Hartmann and Annika Vogt, both of whom are being trained to be merchants in wholesale and export trade, as well as Marcel Breuninger, studying Trade at the Berufsakademie Mosbach (vocational academy Mosbach), reported about the respective focal points of their training as well as opportunities for further education after the initial training.

Afterwards there was time for a vivid exchange of experiences and opinions. Thrilled by the presentations, the French Senators invited representatives of the Würth Group to present the training system in the French Senate in Paris in the context of a “round table" session on May 29, 2007.