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THE BLANC & FISCHER TRAINING ACADEMY PROGRAM INCLUDES AN INTERNATIONAL STAY, THUS OFFERING APPRENTICES TWO ADVANTAGES AT ONCE: THEY GAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, AND EXPERIENCE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.

For those keen to work in an international company after their apprenticeship, an internship abroad is the perfect opportunity. They learn foreign languages and acquire social skills – just two of many advantages for their future life and career.

LEARNING FOREIGN LANGUAGES IS PART OF THE PARCEL

With 54 locations in 23 countries, the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding is one of the global players. It’s not just a matter of learning specialist terms that are common in the industry. Those who want to move into the intercultural fast lane can already gain some initial experience during their training and will be highly sought after by employers thanks to their professional-level foreign language skills.

LEARNING FOR LIFE

Back home everyone knows the drill, right? An internship abroad gives young talents the opportunity to think outside the box, i.e. to compare their own experiences with the way people work abroad. How do things work at home, and what do colleagues in other countries do differently? Getting to know the differences in another market can be fun and also promote your own creativity.

NETWORKING

A real plus for the young talent at the BLANC & FISCHER Training Academy is the opportunity to make new international contacts and thus develop a worldwide network. International exchanges offer learning potential, create synergies within the Group, and can give apprentices the opportunity to tackle issues independently at an early stage.

AHEAD OF THE GAME

Gabriele Lintner, Director/Head of Corporate HR Management Germany, is pleased that the apprentices and dual students are increasingly seizing the opportunity to explore the professional world outside their usual environment and better understand global contexts. The BLANC & FISCHER Training Academy can be more than proud of its training concept. The outstanding quality of the training is reflected in the excellent results many participants achieve in their certifications.

Welcome to America!

Leonie Baumgärtner and Alina Schmidt

WHICH SITE DID YOU BOTH WORK AT?

We both worked at the E.G.O. site in Newnan, near Atlanta, Georgia, in the USA, and stayed with a host family in the area. They were incredibly nice to us and made us feel truly welcome. I was part of the Corporate Sales NAFTA team; they distribute E.G.O. products in the North American market.

Schmidt: I was assigned to a department that deals with the continuous improvement of processes.

Mitarbeiterinnen der BLANC & FISCHER Familienholding

On tour together. The weekends were dedicated to short trips

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE USA FOR YOUR STAY?

Baumgärtner: I wanted to improve my English skills and gain experience with working life in other cultures. I chose the USA because I’m fascinated by the dimensions of this country.

WHAT DIFFERENCES ARE THERE BETWEEN OBERDERDINGEN AND NEWNAN?

Baumgärtner: In principle, the two sites hardly differ, as the processes and procedures within the Group are standardized. But there is definitely a difference in size: Newnan is a lot smaller; Oberderdingen has about ten times as many employees (laughs).

WERE YOU ABLE TO GET INVOLVED RIGHT FROM YOUR FIRST DAY ON THE JOB?

Schmidt: Yes! After the welcome, I was immediately assigned a task, and I liked that. That way, I was able to get to know my colleagues right away, which made it easier for me to settle in.

WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU EXPERIENCE?

Baumgärtner: Well, in the beginning the southern accent was very difficult to understand, but we quickly got used to it.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN THE USA THAT YOU CAN ALSO APPLY IN OBERDERDINGEN?

Baumgärtner: Above all, my new language skills and the courage to use them.
Schmidt: And the experience of communicating with people from other cultures.

DID YOU TAKE ANY WEEKEND TRIPS? WHAT DID YOU DO OUTSIDE WORK?

Baumgärtner: After work, we went bowling or to the movies with our host families.
Schmidt: And we went on trips every weekend. We visited Atlanta or went hiking. We also got to take short trips to the coast and even fitted in a four-day trip to New York!

Skyline Atlanta

Atlanta’s skyline

Ni hao from China

Alexander Matthias

WHICH SITE DID YOU WORK AT, AND WHY?

I was in China, at E.G.O. in Taicang, around 50 km from Shanghai. I chose the location because I wanted to get to know a country that was completely new to me and experience its culture. In the Chinese office, I was assigned to the Innovation, Research, and Development department.

WERE YOU ABLE TO GET INVOLVED RIGHT FROM YOUR FIRST DAY ON THE JOB?

Yes, that was no problem. I already knew the project in advance and so was able to get started right away after a brief training period.

Mitarbeiter in China

There’s nothing like a good surprise: Alexander Matthias misses the Chinese cuisine

WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU EXPERIENCE?

Oh, there were plenty right from the start. I could get by with English in the office, but outside the company it was an issue. I could no longer read anything or communicate with anyone. I only managed with the help of a translator app on my phone. When I ordered food, there was often a surprise in store for me (laughs).

WHAT IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST DURING THESE FOUR WEEKS?

I was particularly impressed by the level of digitization in everyday life. While I was still trying to sort out my change, the Chinese had already paid for everything with their smartphones in a matter of seconds.

WHAT DID YOU EXPERIENCE AFTER WORK AND ON THE WEEKENDS?

I often explored the area around my hotel. Sometimes my colleagues invited me to dinner or we played soccer together. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to Shanghai.

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR STAY IN CHINA?

The sense of constantly experiencing and discovering something completely new. And of course the delicious stuffed Chinese dumplings (laughs).

Dumblings

Ni hao from China

Alexander Matthias

WHICH SITE DID YOU WORK AT, AND WHY?

I was in China, at E.G.O. in Taicang, around 50 km from Shanghai. I chose the location because I wanted to get to know a country that was completely new to me and experience its culture. In the Chinese office, I was assigned to the Innovation, Research, and Development department.

WERE YOU ABLE TO GET INVOLVED RIGHT FROM YOUR FIRST DAY ON THE JOB?
Mitarbeiter in China

There’s nothing like a good surprise: Alexander Matthias misses the Chinese cuisine

Yes, that was no problem. I already knew the project in advance and so was able to get started right away after a brief training period.

WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU EXPERIENCE?

Oh, there were plenty right from the start. I could get by with English in the office, but outside the company it was an issue. I could no longer read anything or communicate with anyone. I only managed with the help of a translator app on my phone. When I ordered food, there was often a surprise in store for me (laughs).

WHAT IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST DURING THESE FOUR WEEKS?

I was particularly impressed by the level of digitization in everyday life. While I was still trying to sort out my change, the Chinese had already paid for everything with their smartphones in a matter of seconds.

WHAT DID YOU EXPERIENCE AFTER WORK AND ON THE WEEKENDS?

I often explored the area around my hotel. Sometimes my colleagues invited me to dinner or we played soccer together. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to Shanghai.

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR STAY IN CHINA?

The sense of constantly experiencing and discovering something completely new. And of course the delicious stuffed Chinese dumplings (laughs).

Dumblings

How are you in Canada?

Verena Schulz

WHICH SITE DID YOU WORK AT, AND WHY?

I was in the Technical Department at the BLANCO production plant for SILGRANIT sinks in Toronto, Canada. I wanted to gain intercultural experiences here and improve my language skills.
I chose Canada because I’m very familiar with the products that are produced here.

Trip to Niagara Falls: A breathtaking sight

WERE YOU ABLE TO GET INVOLVED AND CONTRIBUTE RIGHT AWAY ON YOUR FIRST DAY OF WORK?

Yes, that was no issue at all. In fact, I was assigned my own subprojects within the department.

WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES FOR YOU ABROAD?

That’s an easy question! Familiarizing myself with Canadian health and safety regulations for working on a project because the rulebook is more than 1,000 pages long! (laughs).

WHAT IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST?

I was particularly impressed by the cultural diversity in the city, and by how open-minded and friendly the locals are!

Skyline Atlanta

Big-city feeling in Toronto

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