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Glashütte Original - Ceremonial graduation at the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking

Glashütte Original Ceremonial graduation at the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking

The next generation of watchmakers and toolmakers have been awarded the ceremonial apprenticeship certificate marking completion of their training at Glashütte Original.

On 10th July 2019, members of the board of management, teachers and representatives of the regional Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) presented the certificates of completion to the 14 apprentices and wished them all the best in their future endeavours. This marks the 16th year group that has successfully completed their training at the company's own “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking.

On 10th July 2019, the focus was on the company's own up-and-coming talent instead. 14 apprentices from the company's own Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking celebrated the successful completion of their studies in the atrium of the manufactory. Alongside ten watchmakers, four toolmakers also received congratulations from their teachers, representatives of the board of management of Glashütte Original, representatives from the IHK Dresden in its capacity as inspection body, as well as family and friends who were present. The majority of the apprentices are remaining with the company and have already taken up a position in one of its many specialist departments.

Ceremonial graduation at the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking

Glashütte Original has been training watchmakers and toolmakers at the company's own specialist training institution, “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking, every year since 2001. At this state-of-the-art establishment, apprentices of the two traditional professions are schooled in the tools of the trade and educated to the highest standards. As well as gaining expertise in assembling even the most complex of movements, the trainees acquire the ability to manufacture individual movement components, learn how to understand mechanical relationships and get a sense of the high level of effort, quality and precision that is sought after in the sophisticated movements of Glashütte Original.

Alongside the theoretical components of their training, the apprentices are frequently given the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice. During their apprenticeship, they complete various placements in selected assembly and service divisions at the manufactory in Glashütte.

Ceremonial graduation at the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking

As a world-renowned watch brand, Glashütte Original places particular emphasis on providing training at an international level. This aspiration is underscored by its participation in the Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program (WOSTEP). Thanks to this partnership, the apprentices at the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking receive the WOSTEP diploma upon successful completion of the WOSTEP final examination, in addition to the standard certificate for skilled workers in Germany.


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