Start of training at BUTTING

In most companies in Germany, the 1st of August is the day when training starts for new apprentices. Every year, many school-leavers look forward excitedly to that date, because the beginning of their apprenticeship means the start of a completely new chapter in their lives. On the 1st of August, a total of 30 young people began as apprentices at BUTTING in Knesebeck in 10 different professions. At BUTTING in Schwedt, 11 new trainees launched their professional careers as system mechanics.

BUTTING sets great store by its well-trained staff family and is well aware that training its own employees is extremely important. This was demonstrated impressively on the day the apprenticeships started, since a total of 32 BUTTING employees celebrated their 40th, 25th or tenth anniversaries at the firm. Professional training is part of the family business's self-conception. For this reason, apprentices have been trained in Knesebeck since the early 1950s. Now BUTTING at this location is one of the main employers in the region. With more than 100 apprentices, trainees constitute about 8 % of the workforce.

Hermann Butting, president, motivated the new apprentices in his speech of welcome: "Look forward to the new stage in your lives! With us, an apprenticeship means that you are actively involved. Make your contribution to the advancement of our community and to our success!"

For the new apprentices, the time at BUTTING begins with a week of getting to know one another. Carsten Kamke, the trainer for the commercial and technical professions at BUTTING in Knesebeck, says: "The young people are not sent to their workplaces in the first few days. Before that, they need to get to know BUTTING, each other and us as trainers. In the days after their training begins, they are given a lot of general information about BUTTING, familiarise themselves with the works premises and are equipped with works clothing, if necessary. Only then does the new apprentices' operational training really begin."

BUTTING – Progress by Tradition