Weima, Ilsfeld, Germany, plans to focus on internships and apprenticeships in the United States and Germany to offer long-term career opportunities to students. The company has programs for students that are focused on various aspects of the business, from engineering to accounting.
Recently, Jeremy Boggs, regional sales manager at Weima, returned to his alma mater to talk about the company. The honors business management class at Hibriten High School in Lenoir, North Carolina, hosted Boggs for hands-on conversation about all aspects of machinery manufacturing and important business practices.
Boggs says he wanted to give these students a hands-on way to connect to the recycling industry. Through his visit, students were able to see and hold some of the materials that Weima processes—briquettes, metal turnings, granulate and shredded wood. He adds that he wanted to convey to students that there is a way to reduce a company’s environmental footprint while positively affecting the operation’s bottom line.
According to a news release from Weima, the students asked engaging questions in the presentation. The goal was to show these students that manufacturing is not only about engineering and fabrication—design, accounting, marketing, human resources and sales all play a role in manufacturing.
“We learned so much about how the German engineering behind the machinery the company builds and sells helps other manufacturing companies reduce waste and ultimately help save the environment,” says Kelly Bryant, teacher of the honors business management class at Hibriten High School.
According to a news release from Weima, the company is trying to ensure students get hands-on experience in the industry. Weima America Chief Financial Officer Edwin Grempels received an award at the Wood Industry Networking Summit earlier this year for his presentation on the company’s apprenticeship program.
“It is essential for every company to raise the next generation of qualified employees,” Grempels says. “Good employees are a key to success, so investing in this asset is Weima’s policy. Apprenticeships need more recognition in today’s society, as more students and parents are not aware of this opportunity.”
Weima America is currently preparing for a new intern, who will join its team in the summer of 2019.