Recently, Opel celebrated 150 years of training young people. The event consisted of speeches, a panel discussion with high-profile participants, a firsthand look at the vocational training offered by Opel, and an homage to the work and success of Opel’s past apprentices. The celebration took place at the Opel training center in Germany.
There are currently over 700 trainees who are being trained throughout Opel’s German sites. In addition to this, there are around 100 Opel apprentices who are completing one of seven cooperative education programs. The programs are offered in cooperation with several colleges and universities. Trainees are then qualified for 21 professions, which range from toolmakers to mechatronics engineers and industrial clerks.
The CEO of Opel, Karl-Thomas Neumann, gave his remarks on the 25,000 plus apprentices who went on to begin their careers with Opel after their training.
“We are proud of this grand tradition,” he said. “Opel has always seen vocational training as more than just a duty. Thanks to our well-trained young employees, we have no fear of the future.”
Opel’s track record, in regards to the performance of its trainees and apprentices, is certainly worth celebrating. Their exam performance alone is impressive enough. In fact, Opel apprentices, on average, outperformed the median score on tests administered by Germany’s chamber of commerce. Furthermore, every year Opel apprentices are recognized at state and national level for their outstanding achievements. We hope Opel continues to generate brilliant young minds, and we tip our hats to their successes thus far.