We apprentices really get around. Trade shows, visits to schools, and a variety of other events gives us a chance to proudly present SMA and recruit potential colleagues. In June, I had the opportunity to visit the lovely town of Schwalmstadt. Destination: a secondary school, a school for university-bound students in grades 5 to 13. The school itself was nice, though I’d rather not say anything here about the condition of the boys’ bathroom. 😀
We had a great time over the two incredibly busy days.
As the hosts, we had spent several weeks preparing for the master’s degree candidates visit. Our guests were electrical engineering students with an interest in SMA, and our goal was to fill two days with activities that would give them a good look at our corporate culture and work environment. We had no idea how the two-day program would be received. Naturally, we wanted our guests to have a wonderful time, get to know what we’re like, and see all that Kassel has to offer.
It’s a partly cloudy Friday afternoon at Königsplatz in Kassel. A team of SMA apprentices gather around a small solar car. “Die Sonne bewegt uns” (The Sun Moves Us) is printed on their blue T-shirts. Behind them, you can hear the squeal of tires as remote-controlled vehicles move around the track. I’m at the SolarCup, a competition where teams from various schools and companies compete against each other with solar vehicles they have built themselves. The first round has gone well for SMA, so far, they’re in second place. “The weather is perfect,” says Boran Alpasan, one of the apprentices. “The battery is fully charged.” The group makes a few more test runs.