20 years of training at BVS Blechtechnik

Training of young talents provides for second growth in the company
The training of young talents has been a tradition at BVS Blechtechnik for over 20 years. In autumn 1999, the first two apprentices started their professional lives as construction mechanics and are still involved in production today as team leaders and machine operators. In the last two decades, a total of 54 young construction mechanics or metalworkers and a specialist for warehouse logistics have received their sound appreniceship at BVS in sheet metal processing.

“We secure our own young talent with training,” explains Silvia Steiner, partner and HR manager at BVS. The company has been training apprentices since 1999 and takes on around three trainees each year. The company always tries to fill vacancies with its own trained specialists. There are currently 14 former apprentices working at BVS Blechtechnik. Markus Secci, training manager and quality management team leader, reports: “After 20 years as training manager, I am impressed by the development of our former trainees. From ‘little schoolboy’ to technician, master craftsman or business administrator. What’s more, a large proportion of our former trainees now work in design, technical customer service, quality management and production.” It is particularly pleasing that the first two apprentices have remained loyal to BVS: one works as a jumper in production and has mastered all the machines, while the other former apprentice is now a team leader in the riveting/assembly area.

The training content at BVS is as varied as the production variants in sheet metal processing: design with the help of CAD programs, programming and operating CNC punching/laser machines and press brakes, assembly of components, independent production of workpieces. Ultimately, the aim is to manufacture components on thin sheet metal for a wide range of industries. Sebastian, one of the current nine apprentices, says of his training: “I learn something new here every day. And I think it’s great to see where the sheet metal parts and products from BVS are installed.” The training content and, above all, the tasks in production have adapted to the technical changes in the machines over the past 20 years. The advancing digitalization and development towards networked production makes some work processes easier and also requires programming skills and a good understanding of the machine software.

The pleasant interaction between the trainers, trainees and around 165 colleagues makes it easier to get to grips with new topics. David, a third-year apprentice, adds: “I particularly appreciate the collegial and informal working atmosphere.”

Your own ideas are expressly encouraged during your training at BVS. Not only for the workpieces to be produced for the final examination of the 3.5-year training course. Every year, the budding construction mechanics produce creative and practical work for use in the company, such as information walls, outdoor seating, supply tables and machine mounts. “Every year, we look forward to receiving applications for the next training start in September. After all, by training young people specifically for our business processes, we are ensuring that we have the qualified employees of tomorrow,” summarizes Silvia Steiner.

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