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ZEISS: Start of apprenticeship at ZEISS

September 14, 2023. The festive welcoming ceremony for the start of training at ZEISS took place on September 13, 2023 on the company premises in Oberkochen. There, ZEISS welcomed its new apprentices and dual students. A total of 246 young people will start at ZEISS, 139 of whom will complete an apprenticeship and 107 a dual study program.

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Over the next three and a half years, 139 young people will be trained at ZEISS in various technical and commercial areas. Photo: ZEISS

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Over the next three and a half years, the 139 apprentices will be trained in various technical and commercial professions. 127 of them will start their technical vocational training in areas such as precision optics, industrial mechanics, information technology or surface coating. Of these, ZEISS is training ten apprentices for the Hensoldt company. 12 additional apprentices will start their commercial vocational training as industrial clerks, clerks for office or digitalization management or management assistants.

ZEISS is training the 107 dual students together with its partner university, the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Heidenheim, Mosbach, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. Fifty-two young adults will complete their dual studies in various IT degree programs, 19 students in business management degree programs and 36 others in technical degree programs such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or industrial engineering.

Experience and learn many new things

When welcoming the new apprentices in Oberkochen, Udo Schlickenrieder, head of vocational training at ZEISS, congratulated the apprentices and dual students on their training and study positions. “This is a win-win situation for the Ostalb region and for training at ZEISS in Oberkochen,” said Schlickenrieder. “Many young people from the region can thus complete the training, which is far above the standard, and ZEISS is thus building its skilled workforce of the future. Through our training, we can also counteract the shortage of skilled workers in the coming years and already convey the requirements of the labor market of the future.”

Sven Hermann from the ZEISS Executive Board, representatives of the ZEISS Works Council at the Oberkochen site and Thilo Fronz, site HR manager of the Hensoldt company, also welcomed the new training cohort.

230 positions for apprenticeships and dual studies for 2024

For the next training year starting in fall 2024, ZEISS in Oberkochen is already looking for 230 apprentices and dual students. The focus in the training is primarily on the areas of precision optics, industrial mechanics and mechatronics. ZEISS is also training cooks in the gastronomy area. In the area of dual students, ZEISS is looking in particular for applicants* in the fields of business informatics, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering for the next training year.

Start of training at ZEISS in Germany

In total, ZEISS is welcoming 327 new apprentices and dual students across Germany this year. At the ZEISS founding site in Jena, 56 young people are starting their training. At the ZEISS sites in Wetzlar, 13 and in Göttingen, twelve young people are starting their training at ZEISS.

ZEISS is a leading global technology company in the optical and optoelectronic industry. In its four divisions Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets, the ZEISS Group most recently generated annual sales of EUR 8.8 billion (as of September 30, 2022).

ZEISS develops, manufactures and markets highly innovative solutions for its customers in industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and therapy in ophthalmology and microsurgery. ZEISS also stands for the world’s leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor devices. ZEISS branded products such as ophthalmic lenses, photographic lenses and binoculars are sought-after and trendsetters worldwide.

With this portfolio, which is geared towards growth fields of the future such as digitalization, health and Industry 4.0, and a strong brand, ZEISS is helping to shape technological progress and is advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The basis for the success and further continuous expansion of ZEISS’ technology and market leadership is the sustained high level of expenditure on research and development. ZEISS invests 13% of its revenue in research and development work – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is equally an investment in the future.

With more than 40,000 employees, ZEISS is active in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service locations and 27 research and development sites worldwide (as of March 31, 2023). The main location of the company, which was founded in Jena in 1846, is Oberkochen, Germany. The sole owner of the parent company, Carl Zeiss AG, is the Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of Germany’s largest foundations for the promotion of science.

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