VDWF training initiative
With its training initiative, VDWF is working to qualify apprentices in injection molding, stamping and forming. At the Education Center in Southern Thuringia (BCS) in Zella-Mehlis, apprentices are taught specialized tool making skills, complimenting their managerial and vocational training. The focus is on deepening knowledge and skills that go beyond the normal curriculum. The various theoretical and practical class contents – from tool temperature controls to special plastic or metal properties – serve to bridge the gap between vocational training and the practical knowledge of daily business. Trainees receive documents detailing individual seminar contents. Each module is concluded with a verbal examination and a certificate. VDWF offers its members as well as non-members the opportunity to further educate their trainees for two weeks (80 hours) during their second and third year in the tool mechanic’s trade. The combination of seminar rooms, tool making opportunities, state of the art injection molds, qualified educators, and full room and board covered in the tuition make for an excellent learning environment. In order to ensure individualized support, group sizes of every course are capped at eight participants.