Vocational teacher trades theory for practise at KATHREIN SE

Matthias Rosmann is a teacher at Staatliche Berufsschule (vocational college) in Bad Aibling. In May, he had the opportunity of doing a placement at Kathrein. Katharina Vodermaier, Thomas Lechner and Dominik Stettner, apprentices at Kathrein, asked their teacher about his experiences.

Motivation

Matthias Rosmann teaches theory of product engineering, German and sports. In 10th grade at grammar school, he already knew that he wanted to become a sports teacher. His father and grandfather both worked in metal engineering, which inspired him to do a teaching degree in metal engineering and sports at the University of Bayreuth. 

Background

The Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture offers vocational teachers the opportunity to do an eight-day industrial placement every four years. The idea behind this is to build a bridge between vocational schools and businesses and strengthen the teacher-trainer relationships. By doing a placement, the teachers can also show their interest in their students’ workplace. Matthias Rosmann chose Kathrein for his placement “because many of the students at Berufsschule Bad Aibling are doing an apprenticeship there and because Kathrein is one of the biggest training companies in the Rosenheim district.”

Benefits

What are the benefits of a teacher placement? “One benefit clearly is that it improves the connections between the school and the company. In addition, I can use situations that I experienced during my placement as practical examples for my classes,” says Matthias Rosmann.

Conclusion

“I enjoyed the placement at Kathrein very much. The test department was particularly interesting. From a technical point of view, I was very impressed by the laser cutter, CAD/CAM and the metal forming processes,” he says. Everybody involved in the placement was very helpful and obliging. Moving from one department to the next was also very well organised.