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25th September 2015

Hager invites trainee electrical engineers to join in the action as Trittenheim is transformed into a “TechniCamp”

Workshops, knowledge transfer and more – the fourth TechniCamp, organised by Hager Group in Blieskastel, offered 120 trainees from the electrical industry a whole host of information and they went away with lasting impressions. Simply describing the experience as an “educational event” would not do it justice; for three days, the idyllic location of Trittenheim on the Mosel was transformed into a “Hager Village” - a venue for intensive work, sport and celebration.

Two workshops were part of the programme, both focused on very distinct areas: smart technology and consulting for smart building-projects. Teams worked in small groups supervised by a Hager Group trainee. Instead of simply sharing theoretical knowledge with the participants in the technology hall, the trainees themselves also played an active role. Under the guidance of Hager Group experts, participants learned about our latest products and solutions – for example, programming a KNX visualisation with domovea or wiring and connecting Tehalit dado trunking systems. This practical orientation and straightforward knowledge transfer process were much appreciated by the trainees. This was also true for the second workshop, which took the form of a marketing simulation game. In groups of ten, trainees formed a mock electrical company receiving a visit from two customers (two Hager Group employees acting as a married couple). The assignment: design a smart home for us! They had to finish the planning and configuration in less than four hours before presenting their concept to the customers. The presentations were filmed and handed over to a jury, who awarded the prizes to the best “company”.

Workshops finished, the talented young electrical engineers were treated to a relaxing boat trip on the Mosel and a closing party with live music. Part of the fun was an outdoor challenge: rolling a wine barrel through an obstacle course – almost as difficult as the Tehalit challenge. For the obstacle course, they had to crawl, hop and run, – the trickiest part being balancing two golf balls on cable-trunking.

The combination of knowledge transfer and outdoor action is an essential component of Hager TechniCamps. It is a concept that proves popular with this young target group – and one that works. “It is crucial for us to make sure we reach young people in the trade,” explains Torsten Schulz, Managing Director of Hager Vertriebsgesellschaft and Head of Sales in Germany. “We would like to strengthen the electrical trade. The German electrical trade as a whole is currently experiencing a shortage of 27,000 employees, so it is important to encourage young recruits.”

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