Read more about the experiences from our apprentices
What in your eyes makes vocational training with innogy so special?
innogy offers apprentices much more than just basic training, starting with seminars and projects we organise ourselves, through to time spent abroad. And also, the trainer team is always there to offer advice and support when needed. I feel good here.
Why did you decide to undergo vocational training with innogy?
I looked at what different companies offer in terms of vocational training programmes. What appealed to me about innogy was the additional opportunity to train as a foreign language correspondent.
How does innogy support you in your training? Do you feel well looked after?
I feel very well looked after and supported. A lot of learning material is made available to me and I can always talk with other apprentices, trainers and colleagues and share my ideas.
For apprentices who have been there a bit longer (more than 1 year): Have your training hopes and expectations been met? And what was something that took you completely by surprise?
They were exceeded. For instance, I didn’t expect we would be allowed to spend up to four weeks abroad as part of the training.
Turbo-training for university dropouts
Did you feel that your course at university wasn’t for you? Then switch to vocational training and use the technical knowledge you have already acquired: as a dropout from university you can get a fresh start with us. This will open a multitude of new prospects and opportunities for development. If you show enough commitment, you’ll be able to do it quite quickly: cut your training time short and speed up your career.
Jean-Philippe Merz, 24
What Jean-Philippe was missing
Why did you drop out of university and decided to take up vocational training instead?
The trigger really was just one exam that I was missing in order to finish the elementary part of my course and move on to the main part. So I only had two options: try to continue at a different university with different exam regulations or change to vocational training. However, I was not sure if I would be able for that. Also, the university course was quite theoretical and even though it was very interesting, I wanted to do something with a more practical focus.
Did your university experience help you during your vocational training?
Yes, of course. Although I spent three years at university, it would be wrong to say that the time there was a waste. Most of the material that comes up during the theoretical part of my training is a very simplified version of what is taught at uni. Therefore I pick up each new topic during vocational training very quickly.
Would you recommend to university dropouts to apply for a place in a vocational training programme?
Yes, absolutely! I would say that an ex-student won’t have any major problems during vocational training. For me at the time it was a big leap from the extensive and complex material in the lectures to the relatively easy subject matter in vocational training. During vocational training you also gain professional experience that students usually only get later on in their careers. This is very helpful when looking for a job.