That was an important moment for me, when I was accepted for an apprenticeship position at ENNEATECH. This is where life gets serious, as the saying goes. But it is great to now be part of the company.
I am Julian Osterloh from Rhauderfehn and I am 21 years old. I decided to apply for ENNEATECH AG because the principle of sustainable production at the company really resonates with me. Since the apprenticeship is also very wide-ranging, it provides me with exciting prospects for the future. I will gain an insight into a wide variety of departments and tasks, while I am particularly interested in quality assurance and sales.
In my free time I like to hang out with my friends and do lots of sport. So you could say I am a team player. I am in a great position to implement this ability at the company since customer contact is part of my field of activity. Communicating with different people comes easily to me, which is why I am looking forward to having interesting encounters. I have been studying English in theory for years. One particular challenge will be putting this knowledge into practice, both internally and externally. In the company English is also often spoken during the lunch breaks, as we have an English-speaking colleague.
I received a warm and friendly welcome at the company. My colleagues always have time to lend a friendly ear and offer me support.
Apprentice Manager Stephanie Duchna says:
“Motivated and engaged apprentices are extremely valuable to our company. That is why at ENNEATECH we strengthen and encourage apprentices on an individual level, providing them with the variety they need. Our apprentices get to know our company from the ground up – from the workflows, via the products, through to the corporate philosophy. They pass through all of the company departments – from procurement, sales and quality assurance through to research and development, administration, accounting, up until logistics and marketing.
Terms such as ‘octabins’, ‘bale goods’ or ‘viscosity’ and ‘ash content’ will be heard. These will at first be perceived as foreign words, but will soon become part of a fixed vocabulary. These and other specialist terms will be explained in the framework of an excursion to our in-house laboratory.
We provide our apprentices with the best possible preparation for the future demands of the job market through contact with customers and suppliers, annual visits to trade fairs and the option of taking on offers of further training during the apprenticeship and/or completing an internship abroad.
I personally feel that good cooperation is especially important. Experience has shown that if they feel good and have fun at work, they tend to provide good results. In line with the principle ‘anything but boring’ they work as part of our team from day one, and are actively put to the test and encouraged.
The first year of the apprenticeship is especially intense, and poses certain challenges: An English-speaking customer or supplier might suddenly be on the line, or you might have to push yourself to make an overseas call or write a letter in a foreign language. And then all of those years of English lessons in school finally make sense!
For me as the apprentice instructor, it is always a pleasure to see how the apprentices develop – for example, how they progress from new, somewhat shy students into self-confident, strong and competent colleagues over the course of the apprenticeship.
«And on that note: Welcome aboard, Julian!»
STEPHANIE DUCHNA, Apprentice Manager