Franziska Buckard and Esther Fritz – “You learn by doing it”

Joined in 2016 as apprentices (industrial management assistants)

Current Position: 3rd year of apprenticeship

What convinced you to choose Weber?<br/> As a company, Weber has an innovative and inspiring reputation. It’s regarded as a constantly growing and cooperative family-owned company, one which places the interests of its employees front and centre. Weber also looks to attract and promote talented junior staff. Some examples of this type of support include company training, opportunities for internships abroad, and outstanding team-building. For me, the friendly way people had of relating to each other was the deciding factor in choosing Weber.

How were your first few weeks at Weber, and which areas of the company did you get to know during your settling-in period?<br/> From the first day, we were welcomed warmly by the instructors. The apprenticeship began with an orientation workshop, where I also got a chance to get to know my new fellow trainees. This was followed by a tour of the company and the first basic lessons of a commercial apprenticeship. This quickly gave us a comprehensive overview of how the apprenticeship would work,<br/> which made it easier to get started in the first departments we worked in. The staff we worked with was always very friendly, which also helped us integrate into the company.

What is special about Weber for you?<br/> At the beginning, you quickly realise that Weber really puts trainees front and centre. This was obvious from the regular and close contact we had with instructors and supervisors through regular appointments, workshops and joint projects.<br/> The variety of things one gets to know from moving around departments is another unique feature at Weber. You pass through departments such as accounting / controlling and human resources and are also familiarized with other business units such as wezi-med, which is in the medical technology sector. They manufacture medical devices and disposables for operating theatres under cleanroom conditions.

What responsibilities did you take on during your apprenticeship?<br/> The work differs greatly in each individual department, but it’s all the same in one regard - you’re allowed pretty early on to do a lot of work independently. They place a lot of trust in you.<br/> At the end of the apprenticeship, goods receipt entry, order transactions and invoice processing are no longer such strange-sounding terms. That means that trainees can be flexibly deployed in any company department after passing the final examination.

What should young workers pay attention to?<br/> Interest and above all the passion for the profession should be constant companions in your everyday work. It should also come naturally to be open to a variety of challenges, and motivated to learn new things. Remember to stay friendly in your working environment. If you do, all paths are open to you.

What are your plans for the future?<br/> The goal is to successfully complete the apprenticeship and to find a good starting position in whatever department of Weber I find myself in. In the future too, I'll focus on continuous training and development.

What’s your slogan at work?<br/> “Who doesn’t dare to, doesn’t win”.<br/> Sometimes you have to force yourself to go the extra mile in order to learn. But it’s all made easier by the dedication and constant support you get from the instructors and supervisors.