New Training Field at Roth: Information Technology for System Integration
The right mix of theory and practice
The company currently has a total of around 70 apprentices, one-year trainees and “Studium Plus” students taking part in its training programmes. The industrial apprentices receive intensive theoretical and practical teaching at Roth Industries’ own training workshop. These skills equip them for the challenges of day-to-day working life at an industrial company. Hartmut Heck, head of the central training workshop, is focusing on providing the best supervision of the up-and-coming specialists. He explained, “We do everything to ensure that our apprentices successfully pass their tests, and we use many different training methods to do that, including utilising digital learning platforms.”
The management apprentices follow an in-house training plan in the business management departments, where the emphasis is on practical knowledge. Their training is rounded off by in-house teaching covering the subjects taught at vocational college and preparing them for intermediate and final exams. If they are doing well, the apprentices can complete part of their training at a Roth company abroad.
Roth Smart Factory
Apprentices at Roth also have the opportunity to work on the Smart Factory project. This gives them an additional qualification teaching digital skills and self-organised learning within a team under the management of Roth trainers. Commercial and management apprentices can take part and deepen their practical knowledge of the modern working world. Using 3D printing methods, the Smart Factory Team manufactures products for Roth Group companies. In doing so, they have to manage the entire operational process – from the feasibility analysis to cost calculation, processing the order and the quote and the manufacturing stage itself, through to financial accounting and strategic decisions such as yielding a return for future investments profitable to the company. The interdisciplinary work promotes the development of professional, methodological and social skills right from apprenticeship level and prepares the future work force for their career. The trainee quota of about 10% at Roth is above average. The company offers apprenticeships with many opportunities for continuing professional development at Roth Werke in Buchenau, at Roth Composite Machinery in Niedereisenhausen, Burgwald and Dautphe, at Roth Hydraulics in Eckelshausen and at Roth Plastic Technology in Wolfgruben.