At the HAGA show in Herzogenbuchsee, apprenticeship program partners Bystronic and Althaus welcomed an eclectic crowd of visitors at their joint booth. The exhibit gave visitors insight into the many possibilities of a broad-based vocational training program.
the HAGA show in Herzogenbuchsee, Roland Wyler, head of the apprenticeship
program at Bystronic, spoke positively of the show’s outcome: “This was a
successful event. Anyone who visited our booth could feel the motivation of our
with a Future” was the motto of the four-day joint exhibit by apprenticeship
program partners Bystronic and Althaus. One of the highlights of the exhibit
was the automation system developed by apprentices from both Bystronic and
Althaus as part of a joint project. “Our booth featured technology in motion.
This attracted many curious visitors,” says Roland Wyler.
When you read about apprenticeship programs, it’s usually things like, “An automation engineer develops electronic control systems” or “A production engineer manufacturers machine components.” By setting up a real-life automation system at their booth, Bystronic and Althaus wanted to show what that really means in practice. Apprentices from all eleven career paths offered by the two companies took part in the project. They ranged from up-and-coming business managers and computer scientists to system engineers, polytechnicians and automation engineers. The system was proof of the potential benefits of broad-based vocational training.
Future joint exhibitions
The HAGA show drew a very mixed crowd: students, parents, retirees, teachers and media representatives. That was a good thing, says Roland Wyler: “As an apprenticeship program provider, we’re not only reaching potential apprentices but also young people who have never before considered a career in our field.”
and Althaus will continue to exhibit together again in the future, such as at
the Aarwangen trade show this October. In addition, the GALA show in Langenthal
and the Fall Trade Show in Solothurn are already on the agenda for 2016.
All those who could not attend the HAGA show in Herzogenbuchsee will still have a chance to experience the Bystronic and Althaus joint automation system live.