Virtual training completion ceremony at Ottobock
Graduates celebrate with a headset at the computer
Like many other events in the time of the coronavirus, the training completion ceremony for apprentices at medical technology company Ottobock in Duderstadt was a virtual one this year. On 10 July, the graduates from the Duderstadt and Königsee sites joined their instructors by video conference to celebrate the successful completion of their three years of training. Nine of a total 13 graduates will also continue in the technical, commercial or industrial areas at Ottobock.
“All of us imagined the training completion ceremony would be different than this – in person, with hugs or handshakes. Unfortunately, we can‘t do that this year. But we still had a ceremony together,” says Stefanie Senhen, Head of Training. After all participants had joined the video conference, the graduates were warmly welcomed by Stefanie Senhen and Human Resources Manager Jana Klingebiel.
The instructors then introduced their apprentices and took a look back at their past few years in the company with a photo presentation. In closing, Jana Klingebiel also had a lot of praise for this year‘s graduates: “You can be proud of yourselves and that you succeeded in achieving this milestone in your career with excellent results despite the difficult situation we are going through. We are also proud of you!”
In fact, the graduates were able to properly celebrate the completion of their training. Before the training completion ceremony, they and their instructors met in June to go hiking followed by a scooter tour in the open air – with the proper social distancing, of course. They can look forward to a third cause for celebration in a few days when the instructors present them with their certificates in person.
As industrial managers, specialists in warehouse logistics, orthopaedic technology mechanics and electronic engineers for operating technology, nine of the graduates will continue to apply their know-how in the company. Hanna Meyer and Marcel Görke will be starting an integrated degree programme as they work towards a Bachelor of Business Administration at Ottobock. “In addition to our 13 apprentices, Julia Tschmarke, John Erb and Patrick Hellmold are set to complete their integrated degree programme for Bachelor of Business Administration in August,“ states Stefanie Senhen.