Lern-Fabrik: 20 years for the best specialists

Die Krönung in der Lern-Fabrik sind die Realprojekte mit echten Aufträgen und echten Kunden. Denn die beste Schule ist die Wirklichkeit mit echtem Wettbewerb. © H.P. Kaysser; Janine Kyofsky

H.P. Kaysser’s Learning Factory will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary. What was set up in October 2003 is still a career booster for apprentices interested in learning. Trainers with professional experience introduce young people to their future professions in a practice-centered way. In addition to imparting knowledge, respect, networking and building self-confidence have always been important values that are not only taught but also lived. Impressive learning experiences from real projects and assignments for real customers lead to sustainable knowledge and skills. The multiple award-winning model of the learning factory, which also stands for teamwork and inclusion, produces confident and highly qualified professionals.

Even during their training, the young people in H.P. Kaysser's learning factory have access to state-of-the-art machines and control systems. © H.P. Kaysser; Janine Kyofsky
Even during their training, the young people have access to state-of-the-art machines and control systems in the H.P. Kaysser learning factory.
© H.P. Kaysser; Janine Kyofsky

“At our company, apprentices are taken seriously from day one as people who want to learn and are not used as cheap labor. This is a tradition in the 20-year history of our learning factory,” assures Lars Geist, training manager for machining at H.P. Kaysser. “Industrially, technically and commercially interested people receive excellent training at a high level with us. Even during their training, the young people have access to state-of-the-art machines and controls,” adds Jens Marquard, training supervisor for sheet metal working and welding technology.

A successful model for 20 years

The Lern-Fabrik celebrates its 20th anniversary. During this time, H.P. Kaysser’s successful model has produced 260 skilled workers and DHBW graduates. Many of them started with a trial internship, which the company is always open to .And most of the time, the young people are happy to stay on after their training at the family-run company, which has become one of Germany’s leading companies for sheet metal processing with its system solutions in metal. Driven by the ever-faster technical development in the industry and the growing discrepancy with learning materials, Managing Director Thomas Kaysser launched the learning factory in 2003. “Since its founding, our goal has been to give young people the best possible starting conditions for a fulfilling professional life,” says Kaysser. In addition to technical and commercial expertise, this has always included social skills such as teamwork, respect and networking, as well as independent thinking.

For this, the facility enjoys exclusive facilities. The young people learn on state-of-the-art machines with the latest software. Lars Geist also says why: ” There’s no point in training young people on old machines, because then they’ll be faced with new technology later on and start from scratch again.” That’s why the instructors are also old hands from the field who can teach practical tricks just as well as theoretical basics. Furthermore, the second and third year apprentices support the newcomers in their professional orientation and induction.

The instructors at H.P. Kaysser's learning factory are professionals from the field who can teach practical tricks as well as theoretical basics. © H.P. Kaysser; Janine Kyofsky
The instructors at H.P. Kaysser’s learning factory are professionals from the field who can teach practical tricks as well as theoretical basics.
© H.P. Kaysser; Janine Kyofsky

Real projects for life, with real orders and customers

However, the crowning glory in the learning factory for everyone are the real projects with real orders and real customers. “The best school is reality with real competition,” Marquard knows. As a result, the future design and machining mechanics, machine and plant operators, industrial clerks, product designers and warehouse logistics specialists are already producing saleable real parts during their training, which are allowed to prove themselves in the market in the face of tough cost competition. Positive feedback or praise from customers counts twice here. “That stays for life,” Marquard assures. Even in H.P. Kaysser’s current projects, such as charging stations for well-known sports cars or speaker mounts for concerts all over the world, the youngsters are allowed to get involved. “If you then go to a concert of your favorite band and see your own work, you go home with great pride – and through life,” Kaysser emphasizes.

Training better than study for some

And there’s something else that’s important to Thomas Kaysser: “At the end of the apprenticeship, we’re always happy to see confident and highly qualified young professionals who know their value and their path.” And those who want to study can still do so afterwards. “For us, it is also a social duty to train young people and prepare them for an independent task and a self-determined life,” he said. For this purpose, the company always welcomes young people who are willing to learn – also for internships – with open arms. But for now, we are celebrating 20 years of the Lern-Fabrik.