Press archive 2008

11 September 2008

ebm-papst starts Orientation Week with 43 new trainees

At ebm-papst in Mulfingen, 43 new trainees had an interesting and multifaceted start to their career. The young men and women, selected from a record 1,000 applicants, began their training at the fan specialist with an Orientation Week.

Image 1: Getting to know each other, off the ground. The Waldenburg high rope course gave ebm-papst's new trainees to do just that.
Image 1: Getting to know each other, off the ground. The Waldenburg high rope course gave ebm-papst's new trainees to do just that.
 
Image 2: Welcome to the 43 new trainees - the ebm-papst Orientation Week launched their careers with activities such as a teambuilding exercise in the Waldenburg high rope course.
Image 2: Welcome to the 43 new trainees - the ebm-papst Orientation Week launched their careers with activities such as a teambuilding exercise in the Waldenburg high rope course.
 
Image 3: How do you assemble a fan? - Trainees learned this, too, during the Orientation Week at ebm-papst.
Image 3: How do you assemble a fan? - Trainees learned this, too, during the Orientation Week at ebm-papst.

In addition to tours through the production areas and a department rally capped off by a cookout, the agenda included activities such as a teambuilding exercise in the Waldenburg high rope course.

"The Orientation Week is intended to ensure that trainees feel at home in the company, become a part of the community and, most importantly, feel comfortable here," says Bernd Ludwig, Manager of Vocational Training and Professional Development at ebm-papst Mulfingen. "Our new colleagues should have fun working here, right from the beginning," says Ludwig.

Trainee Marcel Mix from Künzelsau confirms that the Orientation Week accomplishes this goal. "After a week of interesting and varied activities, I know the other trainees and employees better," relates Mix. "I also gained insight into the company's products and individual areas of activity." Mix, 25, has begun his training in Business Management with an additional qualification in International Business Management and Foreign Languages.

By 2015, the leading manufacturer of fans and motors plans to double its turnover to 2 billion EUR. In accomplishing this objective, a commitment to education is a foremost priority. Trainees make up about 7% of all ebm-papst staff. The company also provides endowed professorships at institutes of higher education, offers scholarships for electrical engineers in Künzelsau and plays an active role in the "Innovationsregion Kocher & Jagst e. V.", an organization that promotes vocational training.

The fan specialist is still accepting applications for training positions in 2009. Ludwig advises future applicants not to be discouraged by the high number of applicants. ebm-papst does not regard the grade point average as singularly decisive for granting a trainee position. Social skills, practical performance, and an optimum, functioning group composition are also important.

About ebm-papst
The ebm-papst group is the worldwide leading manufacturer of fans and motors and is a pacesetter for high-efficiency EC technology. In the previous fiscal year, 07/08, the company achieved a turnover of 1.076 billion EUR. ebm-papst employs nearly 10,000 employees at 17 production facilities (including those in Germany, China, and the USA) and 57 sales offices worldwide. Products of the global market leader are represented in many industries, including ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration technology, household appliances, heating engineering, in IT/telecommunications applications as well as those in automotive and commercial vehicle engineering.

Hauke Hannig
Head of Corporate Communication / Press Spokesperson ebm-papst Group
Phone: +49 7938 81-7105
Fax: +49 7938 81-97105
hauke.hannig@de.ebmpapst.com

ebm-papst Mulfingen GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Bachmühle 2
74673 Mulfingen