At the nationwide Girls’ Day that took place at GEZE already for the third time, many students took advantage of getting to know “typical” male occupations.
On Girls’ Day, ten students of the secondary schools and academic high schools of Leonberg, Rutesheim, Weil der Stadt, Sindelfingen, Mössingen, Vaihingen/Enz, Neuenstadt and Pforzheim visited GEZE on 26 April 2012. They gained insights into the practical aspect of technical occupational fields and an overview of the training offerings at GEZE. The emphasis was on skilled occupations in the commercial sector and IT.
After training directors Kerstin Paßler and Rolf Böhmler introduced the various training options, the Girls’ Day participants received advice about their applications and formed work groups for completing application exercises to prepare them as practically as possible for the real application process. In a showroom tour, the students gained an insight into the wide range of GEZE products and every one of them realised that they had already seen GEZE products. After all, they all know them “from the hospital, school or department store”: For example, GEZE‘s door systems with door closers and automatic door drives that open and close doors as if by magic.
The practical approach continued afterwards: While five Girls’ Day participants visited the IT Department to get an introduction to the computer science profession, five other girls went to the training workshop to learn about fields of activity and tasks of the commercial occupations at GEZE. Moreover, all students were given the opportunity to become active and prove their dexterity. In the IT Department, they were given the task to re-assemble fully disassembled computers. Later, they learned about computer programming. Meanwhile, the other participants in the training workshop were introduced to craft skills such as milling (CNC machining), drilling, thread-cutting, mounting, soldering and the reading of circuit diagrams and drawings that are taught in commercial training courses. As part of this session, every girl made a modern light show.
GEZE is one of the region’s largest training partners that believes in the purposeful education of skilled workers. With the Girls’ Day as “Girls’ Future Day”, GEZE contributes to better access to technical occupational fields for young women and motivates them to choose jobs that don’t fit the “typical female” job description. A technical career offers many different possibilities for entry and promotion.