Roth rewards apprentice with a chance to train abroad - Star programme for notable achievements


Buchenauer-based Roth Industries commended seven apprentices for their remarkable achievements. They had applied to complete part of their training at one of Roth’s foreign subsidiaries as part of the Star programme developed in house.

Claus-Hinrich Roth, a member of the family that owns the company, and Karin Jakobs from the Human Resources department paid tribute to the apprentices and presented them with certificates. Lena Ortmüller, who is in her third year of training in industrial business management, won first prize with 96 points out of 100. She can now look forward to four weeks at Roth Nordic in Denmark. Second place went to Julia-Linda Kotas, a budding specialist in warehouse logistics, while third place was awarded to Kevin Max Kessler, who is training to be an industrial mechanic. Both received gift vouchers for their excellent work. As Claus-Hinrich Roth explained: “Hats off to them for their outstanding results. All of the trainees have achieved great things – it was a tough call. I would like to congratulate Lena Ortmüller on her exceptional result. We are delighted that the Star programme has been such a hit with the apprentices and that they have been motivated to get stuck in at school and at work. We are proud of our younger generation and their desire to learn.”

Budding industrial manager Lena Ortmüller won first prize in Roth’s 2016 Star programme.


Developed in-house at Roth, the programme has been running since 2006. It is an enriching opportunity for apprentices to gain international work experience and to be exposed to other activities and ways of thinking. Alongside improving language skills, the time spent working abroad fosters a sense of responsibility and independence. A mentor is appointed on site to offer guidance and support. The Star participant then presents their new work experience at a final discussion back at the company in Germany.

Apprentices in commercial, technical and trade occupations with an overall grade of “good” or better are eligible for the Star programme. The evaluation process looks at vocational achievements, results from the interim exam and candidates’ performance in an interview held in a foreign language. Any applicants to the Star programme can take part in a language course.