21 girls signed up for Kathrein’s technology taster day

Technology is a male domain. Says who? “More and more girls are interested in technical professions”, says Maria Weber, Head of Vocational Training and Further Education at Kathrein. On Girls’Day 2016, Kathrein welcomed 21 girls to the training workshop to learn about the different options in technical professions.

The Girls’Day was first introduced in 2001. Until now, some 1.5 million girls in Germany have participated. The day is initiated and supported by federal ministries, trade unions and employers’ associations. “When we get job applica-tions from women, they often mention that they participated in a Girls’Day”, states Maria Weber. The nationwide open day helps girls to get an insight into technical and scientific jobs, research and IT and become more self-confident in these areas.

Milling, lathing, filing, planing, soldering and reading wiring diagrams: all this was part of the hands-on experience at Kathrein in Rosenheim. In addition, some of the first and second year apprentices explained what their professional life was like. The future electronics technicians for devices and systems pointed out what was important for their training and how their apprenticeship alternated between on-the-job training and technical college.

After all the preliminary work and explanations, the girls got step-by-step instructions to build battery-operated, flash-ing, electronic dice. The feedback from the girls was definitely positive. They left comments like: “interesting, relaxed, a lot to see” and “the apprentices are really cool”. It remains to be seen whether the Girls’Day made such an impres-sion on them that they will eventually apply for a technical education at Kathrein.