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EMG trainees explore the British working world

Christina Stricker, Kim Dietershagen and Lukas Schollemann presented their experiences of their stay in England at EMG.

As part of the "WINGs" (Work Experience IN Great Britain) project, last year three EMG trainees were given the opportunity to spend four weeks in England in different companies to get to know the English working world.

At the beginning of October 2017, trainee Lukas Schollemann (mechatronics technician), Kim Dietershagen (electronics technician for industrial engineering), and Christina Stricker (industrial clerk) started their exciting journey to England with the flight to London.

"We were given the opportunity to complete a four-week internship abroad on the south coast of England in Portsmouth, Hampshire."

Lukas Schollemann was able to gain experience in the commercial sector with the small industrial company "In2solid", with 17 employees producing high-quality kitchens and bathrooms, in addition to working on the CNC milling machine.

Meanwhile, Kim Dietershagen became acquainted with the industrial company "Source Tech" with about 20 employees who are specialized in the production of touch screens. Kim installed security cameras and helped move to a new location.

Christina Stricker, on the other hand, became acquainted with purchasing and marketing at "Hippowaste Ltd." The service company with around 200 employees sends its customers large bags or containers that can be filled with various materials and recycled after use. "In Purchasing, for example, I had the opportunity to take part in the UK-wide search for new suppliers at outside appointments. That was very interesting!"

"In addition to our day-to-day work, we also had a lot of free time, which we used intensively to get to know the country and its culture. For example, we spent a weekend in London, visited the port of Brighton and got to know English football in the stadium game Southampton versus Newcastle, to name but a few."

Through the daily conversations in their host families they have gradually been able to expand their English vocabulary and have become freer in speaking. "I really enjoy English now,"says Lukas Schollemann when asked what has changed during his stay.

Back in Germany they held a presentation about their experiences, which they can give to other trainees for future stays abroad.

"We are grateful to EMG for the opportunity to learn more about English culture, its language and working environment and for the support we have received in preparing for it.For us the stay was an unforgettable time, with many new and valuable experiences."

Lukas Schollemann, Kim Dietershagen and Christina Stricker