The Kennametal Ebermannstadt Team and local Bavarian Secondary School, Realschule Ebermannstadt, have been fortunate to develop a strong relationship over the years.
The collaboration has been of equal benefit to both students and industry leaders.
Inspired by the enthusiasm and drive behind the students and faculty of this Secondary School, we’re proud to have helped spark MINT initiatives amongst the younger German population. In Germany, the acronym MINT represents the four study areas that parallel STEM Education in America.
Amongst their efforts, Kennametal Ebermannstadt and Realschule Ebermannstadt are participating in an education push named MINT21-Initiative. The initiative was designed to improve the quality of mathematics, technical, and scientific education in all Bavarian Secondary Schools. In this scope, the duo created a special award, titled the “Technic Award,” which recognizes the special efforts of students in MINT-related subjects at the local Realschule in Ebermannstadt.
The primary goal of the “Technic Award” is motivation for all students to do their very best while striving to earn the title for students of the year. In the end, 30 students of Realschule Ebermannstadt were honored with this year’s “Technic Award.”
The lucky group enjoyed a memorable trip to the PHAENO in Wolfsburg, Germany. Similar to a “science center” in America, the PHAENO is an extracurricular learning venue with more than 350 experimentation stations. The students enjoyed their time experiencing what a fire tornado looks like, learning how an electromagnetic hedgehog is built, and feeling the rush of traveling by flying carpet.
Thank you to the Ebermannstadt Apprenticeship Team for supporting continuously and creatively technical education to counteract the talent gap!
The apprenticeship department of Kennametal Ebermannstadt focuses on including the apprentices very early in real manufacturing processes to leverage their independency and personal responsibility. Apprentices get the opportunity to test their abilities and find out more about their individual strength so that they are able to own their career.
Each year about 10 new apprentices start in Kennmetal’s Ebermannstadt facility in three different technical professions. Nearly all choose to stay with the company after having passed their final exams.