Valerian Laval - Successful model applied in Timisoara: German Professional School

With tradition and good results in the professional school, the Germans are willing to share with us the secret of success. At the initiative of an automotive company with 1,200 employees in Timisoara, German students and teachers spent a week with young Romanians who are learning in the dual system and who are willing to become electro mechanics with the support of a multinational company. Only good opportunities stand in front of our students to learn from graduates from professional schools that made a career in Germany, and to convince them that they can go on a professional path that leads them to a safe job.


The production line, which works under dozens of pairs of hands, synchronized and supervised in a German-style, is the future workplace of 15-year-old Cristian Cojanu. From this autumn, he is one of the six students supported by the professional school and company that manufacture automotive components. He was guided to enroll in dual education by his parents.

This week, Cristian and his colleagues, divided the factory and their school, in which professional school graduates from Germany are teaching them. Fuechsl Stefan worked for five years in a large company in the automotive field, and now teaches at a technical school. “My father taught in a professional school and then started working. My brother went to college, but I just thought that professional school is what I want to do. I want to work with my hands, I like to do that. I like to produce something, start from 0 and get a product that you can touch, you can use”, says Stefan, a graduate from a professional school. According to German teachers, more than 50 percent of students in their country teach in professional schools. German teachers are working on this system for almost 40 years and they are ready to share their experience with fellow Romanian.
“Our students can learn about other countries, can gain experience in other countries, which is very important for us, because Germany is a country of export, so we need to work with other countries, “says Professor Andreas Heidenreich.

Laval Valerian, Commercial Director Draexlmaier, stated: “We are going from labor-intensive production in the last decade, to high-tech production. For this, it is not possible to train people only at the workplace, but we must work with professional schools. It is a synergy between the company, the school and students”

The challenge for employers still remains a Romanian mentality. Representatives of German companies would like more professional school classes this year; Ferdinand College started a group of electromechanics.

Reporter: Raluca Popa
Operator: Mihai Pop
Editor web: Călin Țenche

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