Seizing their futures: the new apprentices at Karl Knauer

Training to start at Karl Knauer KG

A lot of companies that take on trainees complain about a shortage of up-and-coming youngsters – but at Biberach-based packaging specialist Karl Knauer, no fewer than three young women and 10 men commenced apprenticeships early in September. This has practically doubled the number of trainees and students at the Biberach site, bringing the total number to 27.

“At the present time we have 27 apprentices and DHBW students preparing for careers in the packaging sector by training in 13 different trades,” says a delighted Markus Dilger, personnel manager at Karl Knauer. “It is especially encouraging that we have been able to fill trades relevant to the sector like media designer, media specialist printer, packaging technologist and machine and equipment operator. Ultimately, we want to take steps to avert a shortage of specialists tomorrow by committing to the next generation.”

Various trial options for school students

To attract school leavers to the packaging industry, the packaging specialist widely recognised for its training schemes offers school-age students the opportunity to gain an impression of the various trades through work placements, holiday jobs and sample days. “For us it’s not so much about filling apprenticeship places as finding the trade to match the aptitude of every young person so that they can apply their strengths and talents to full effect. In the end, this is essential if they are to feel comfortable with us and complete their courses successfully,” continues Markus Dilger.

Impressive trainee Services

Contact with apprentices is very important to a family-run business like Karl Knauer. Every July – before courses begin – the company invites all new apprentices and their families to the premises to get an idea of their future role. Trainees also attend an induction week before vocational classes start to learn all they need to know about their forthcoming course: from safety guidance and advice on handling the first salary payment to neutral information on (pension) insurance, everything is covered. “Of course, though, the main thing is to get to know the company while having a good time with fellow trainees and students. This year, for example, our youth and trainee council arranged a trip to Adventure Minigolf in Oberharmersbach,” explains Dilger.

If you are interested in apprenticeships at Karl Knauer or wish to apply for a course of training or study, you will find all relevant information on the company web site. Applications for 2019 are now being accepted.