In July and August, apprentices from the Burgdorf and Schwerin locations were given the opportunity to swap roles and continue their training for a few weeks in Germany and Switzerland respectively. We want to promote cross-border cooperation and reward our apprentices for their very good performance.

Exciting insights into our departments

Nele, Lennart und Romina (from left to right)

A tight programme was prepared for all three apprentices, with the help of which they were able to work on various performance goals of their apprenticeship at the respective exchange locations. The three- or four-week exchange was filled with a lot of information and practical examples from the relevant departments.

Both apprentices from Germany got to know the locations in Burgdorf and Solothurn. Nele first worked in Solothurn and then in Burgdorf:"The creation of newsletters and social media posts and the associated tasks and requirements that have to be taken care of before the posts are sent out were very exciting and a lot of fun," she says about the exchange.

During his time, Lennart gained insights into the IT Helpdesk, the Network Team and the Operation Technology Team.

"I really enjoyed every department I was in," says Lennart about his experience. "I was able to work on projects that involved both the sites in Switzerland and Schwerin, which I found very exciting. The interlocking of all the plants and teams was clearly visible here."

In Schwerin, Romina had the opportunity to look over the shoulders of the employees and to actively support them in their daily tasks. "I can't highlight any department that I particularly liked, as I enjoyed them all very much. The focus of my exchange was to get to know Ypsomed Produktion GmbH. The fact that I had an insight into different departments and activities with which I otherwise had hardly any contact made the exchange particularly interesting for me," says Romina about the exchange.

Summary & outlook

The exchange was new for all of us and involved a number of planning hurdles. In retrospect, however, the effort was completely worth it. The supervising staff also gave consistently positive feedback on the learning behaviour and friendly attitude of the apprentices. We are happy that we were able to make this experience possible for the apprentices and hope that we will organise such an exchange again in the future.

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