19. October 2022 | Magazine:

Starting the trainee life TU Braunschweig welcomed 23 new trainees

On Monday, 17 October 2022, Technische Universität Braunschweig officially welcomed its 23 new trainees and dual students who started their new phase of life in August or September. Whether as biology laboratory assistants, precision mechanics and industrial mechanics, office management assistants, sports and fitness merchants or administrative assistants: A total of 77 young people are currently being trained at Carolo-Wilhelmina in 17 professions and two dual courses of study. This makes TU Braunschweig one of the largest training institutions in the region.

“We are very happy and grateful that you have placed your trust in us to train you in your chosen professions,” said TU President Professor Angela Ittel at the beginning of the induction day. “What we would like is for you to look back in a few years and say: that was a really great time and I am proud to have been trained at TU Braunschweig.”

Präsidentin Professorin Angela Ittel begrüßte am 17. Oktober die neuen Auszubildenden an der TU Braunschweig. Bildnachweis: Markus Hörster/TU Braunschweig

President Professor Angela Ittel welcomed the new trainees at TU Braunschweig on 17 October. Photo credit: Markus Hörster/TU Braunschweig

A university offers a wide range of opportunities beyond education for students, scientists and employees, Ittel continued. She encouraged the young trainess to be curious and to exchange ideas with people from all over the world at TU Braunschweig. She especially emphasised the range of activities offered by the sports centre – from basketball to football to yoga: “It is very important for us that you take care of your personal development and well-being in addition to your training,” the President emphasised.

The training coordinators Laura Hoffmann, Christin Jonscher as well as Lara Behrens, Marianne Putzker from the staff council and Rasmus Steinmetz, chairman of the Youth and Trainees Council (JAV – Jugend- und Auszubildendenvertretung), also welcomed the new trainees.

What do I have to consider in occupational safety, what are my rights and duties?

After the group photo in front of the Historic Main Building, Christian Hegemann from the Occupational Safety Unit gave a safety briefing and spoke about the topics of occupational safety and fire protection. Marie Grünewald, an office management trainee and chairperson of the AHA (“Azubis helfen Azubis” – trainees help trainees) project launched in 2019, conducted icebreaker games together with Naja Meyer, an administrative assistant trainee, and introduced AHA.

After the lunch break, Cindy Valentin from Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderung (BGF – Workplace Health Promotion), Dr. Ina von Zelewski from Betriebliches Gesundheitsmanagement (BGM – Workplace Health Management) as well as Timo Landscheidt, dual student of health management at the Sports Centre, introduced their facilities and gave the trainees a group task on the topic “What does health mean to me?”. Timo Landscheidt then gave a preview of the sports offer “Pausenexpress” with 15-minute mobility, strengthening and stretching exercises that can be integrated into the daily work routine.

Towards the end of the day and before the final feedback round on the first weeks, the trainees were informed by the training coordinators Lara Behrens and Christin Jonscher about their rights and duties in their training.

AHA rally through the campus

On Tuesday, the AHA rally took the new trainees to different departments and facilities of TU Braunschweig, such as the Human Resources Department, the Lernfabrik training workshop, the Institute for Building Materials, Concrete Construction and Fire Safety, the post office, the University Library and the President’s Office. Here they were given an insight into the various areas through short presentations and got to know the staff.

Applications for the start of training in 2023 are still possible for many professions until 31 October.