September 4 will be the first working day for 16 apprentices at the University of Stuttgart. A special training environment awaits the six female and ten male apprentices, who will spend the next three to four years completing their apprenticeships within this academic environment. The new recruits will be introduced to the university’s laboratories and workshops, where they will undergo training to become industrial mechanics, laboratory chemists, book binders or biology laboratory technicians. The University of Stuttgart offers around 15 different apprenticeship professions.
What makes the university a great place to train?
Christian Schiele is training to be an industrial mechanic at the Institute for Plastics Engineering (ITK): “I visited the university’s Science Day and was introduced to the profession of industrial mechanics. The samples of work on display were really interesting and awakened my interest in the profession – and here I am.”
Muhammed Acar, a trainee industrial mechanic at the Institute of Power Transmission and High Voltage Technology (IEH) adds: “I like the personal support from the lecturers and employees at the uni. There are quite a lot of mentors for a relatively small number of apprentices. I also enjoy learning about science and getting to know the professors and the research being carried out at the various institutes.”
A positive development
A positive development has been seen in the number of female applicant, which has been increasing steadily since 2005. This is particularly clear in the technical professions and the university is consciously promoting and encouraging this trend. “Women in the technical professions have long ceased to be a rarity at the University of Stuttgart. We are delighted about the increasing number of female industrial mechanics in our workshops”, says Peter Salzmann, training manager.
In total, 435 prospective apprentices have applied for positions at the university, this number comprises 260 male and 175 female applicants.