135 new apprentices have started training at Grob Group this year, including 64 in Mindelheim, Germany, 36 in the US, 10 in Brazil, and 25 in China.
Almost twice as many trainees started at the US Grob plant in Bluffton compared to last year.
Over eight more young people started their careers at Grob in Mindelheim than in the previous year.
Although the specialisations remained the same as last year, the number of apprentices in the individual professions has changed direction towards the new requirements in the automotive industry.
While last year 10 young people decided to start an apprenticeship as electronics engineers for automation technology, the number rose to 14 this year.
The numbers for the other disciplines remained mostly constant in in areas including industrial mechanics, mechatronics engineers, technical product designers, industrial clerks, machinists for milling technology material testers, and construction mechanics.
In addition, a total of eight students began their dual studies: two in electrical engineering and IT and six in mechanical engineering studies.
“We are also noticing the change in the automotive industry in vocational training,” explained Grob mechanics training manager, Werner Drexel. “During the current transformation process, it has been important to optimise and adapt the existing latitude in the training curriculum frameworks as much as possible for this.”
Particularly in the area of electromobility, the priorities have been adjusted and the training curricula and contents have been aligned even more with the requirements of new technologies.
As another new feature of Grob's vocational training, all apprentices receive a digital device in their first year of training for keeping a report portfolio and to serve as an interface to the learning platform and relocation planning.
On the development of apprenticeships at Grob USA, Dean Kales, training coordinator at the plant, said: "As the US automotive industry heads towards electromobility, we are increasingly looking for apprentices that we can train to support these upcoming projects as part of our highly skilled workforce. We are excited to welcome 36 new apprentices this year and we are already starting to look for next year’s class of apprentices.”