In 1862, Adam Opel founded a business making sewing machines and machines to cork-wine bottles. All inside a cow shed in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Three years later, Opel shook hands with a young man named Georg Klingelhöfer – his very first apprentice.
Fast-forward to 2015 and the company – now selling cars under the wing of General Motors – is celebrating its 150th year of professional education.
Since Klingelhöfer walked through the door, more than 25,000 young people have started their careers at Opel in Germany and the company plans to celebrate the special milestone with an official ceremony on May 12.
Today, several hundreds apprentices start their work in Rüsselsheim, Eisenach and Kaiserslautern and the company currently employs more than 700 apprentices in 21 positions in Germany alone. A further 100 are currently in co-op courses.
“Professional education is an investment in the future of our company but also in the future of our society. We are proud of this long tradition started by our company founder,” said Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.
Here’s to another 150-years of education at Opel. As long as it continues to build fast hatchbacks like the Corsa OPC, we’re happy.