High-quality vocational training is a cornerstone of our success and therefore has a special status in our company. We want to lay the foundations for self-confident, independent and responsible future employees by involving our trainees in a spirit of trust from the outset. This is why we specifically involve committed young people in projects that are required for day-to-day business.

Perspectives fair 2023 of the comprehensive school in Isernhagen

Training projects
Kruse & Kamien shows students career opportunities at the career fair of the integrated comprehensive school in Isernhagen

Just before the autumn holidays, the Integrated Comprehensive School was once again a hive of activity: on Wednesday afternoon, all Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils were invited to find out about regional and national companies and the professions they offer at the prospects fair. While year 10 students are already considering which apprenticeship to continue after this school year, many year 8 and 9 students are first looking for the right place for a work placement. With over 50 companies presenting themselves together with Kruse & Kamien Schaltanlagen GmbH in the market hall and canteen this year, there was a lot to learn and certainly one or two ideas to take away for your own career orientation.

Tablets instead of thick folders: trainees digitise circuit diagrams

Die Kruse & Kamien Schaltanlagenbau GmbH ist spezialisiert auf die Planung, Softwareerstellung, Fertigung, Installation, Inbetriebnahme, Wartung und Service von industriellen Steuer- und Regelanlagen. Anwendungsschwerpunkte sind die Gebäudeleittechnik (Heizung, Klima, Lüftung), Maschinen- und Anlagensteuerungen aus den unterschiedlichsten Branchen. Hierbei produziert die Firma Schaltanlagen in den unterschiedlichsten Größenordnungen; von kleinen 60 cm bis hin zu 13 m ist alles dabei.

Ähnlich umfangreich erschienen den Azubis auch die Schränke, in denen das Unternehmen seine Papierordner der Schaltpläne lagert. Hier sah das dreiköpfige Azubi-Team Verbesserungsbedarf und beschloss kurzum die Digitalisierung der Schaltpläne in Angriff zu nehmen.

 

The initial situation

In discussions between employees and trainees, this digitalisation project was the most frequently expressed wish: digital plans. Previously, the paper-based plans were stored in thick folders. In some cases, there were even up to three folders per control cabinet, which made consulting the paper folders cumbersome and time-consuming. This tedious work was only popular to a limited extent.

The digital solution and its advantages

As a result, the trainees quickly realised that tablets were the ideal solution to this problem, especially as the plans were already available in digital form. In future, employees will be able to access the circuit diagrams digitally at their respective workstations in the workshop. The digital form means that the cables and circuits can now be displayed in their entirety instead of having to be shown in segments over several A4 pages. This made wiring the control cabinets more organised, while at the same time drastically reducing paper consumption.


The reactions within the company

Thanks to the optimised workflow, the project was very well received by around 90% of employees. The response was so positive that numerous employees approached the trainees on their own initiative and actively asked when they too would receive a tablet. Employees also seemed to be interested in actively participating in the detailed design of the new digital process. Increasingly, employees shared their own ideas and thoughts on the processes with the tablets with the trainees in order to make the process as smooth as possible.

The management was similarly enthusiastic when the trainees presented their project idea. They gave the trainees extensive freedom of action so that they could plan and implement their project according to their ideas. The management also supported them with regard to financing.


The reactions within the company

Thanks to the optimised workflow, the project was very well received by around 90% of employees. The response was so positive that numerous employees approached the trainees on their own initiative and actively asked when they too would receive a tablet. Employees also seemed to be interested in actively participating in the detailed design of the new digital process. Increasingly, employees shared their own ideas and thoughts on the processes with the tablets with the trainees in order to make the process as smooth as possible.

The management was similarly enthusiastic when the trainees presented their project idea. They gave the trainees extensive freedom of action so that they could plan and implement their project according to their ideas. The management also supported them with regard to financing.