Apprentices of the Cordes group start together at kick-off event

For most young people, an apprenticeship after leaving school is the beginning of a new stage in life: the entry into the working world. To prepare for this new chapter in life, the Cordes group, to which Osmo Holz und Color GmbH & Co. KG belongs, invited all of the group’s commercial apprentices to a large kick-off event on the 10th and 11th August 2015. In total 29 newcomers and apprentices in their second year came to the two-day event, which took place near Münster at the BEVERLAND resort, in order to prepare for their own personal career start.

16 nationwide companies in the Cordes group – one common event

The Monday of the kick-off event began with a welcoming speech and by introducing the Cordes group, the group management and the managing directors of each individual subsidiary. This is how the four commercial apprentices starting their apprenticeship at Osmo got to know Christian Cordes, the head of the wood and surface manufacturer in Warendorf, better. Afterwards team training under the guidance of qualified trainers was on the programme, during which the newcomers became acquainted with the guidelines and rules for teamwork and the correct way to interact with customers, colleagues and superiors. Between the individual seminars and in the evening, there was plenty of time for first contacts to be made among the newcomers and with the apprentices in their second year. “Comparing experiences with peers is important. It eases the start in a new and, for most, their first company,” explains Thorsten Mehlin, who has the responsibility for personnel at Osmo, the reasoning behind kick-off events like this. “With a healthy dosde of self-confidence and mutual support, the beginning of the career life instantly becomes much easier.” The event serviced as a first chance to meet but also as intercompany networking, that forms the basis for potential, common projects. Osmo warmly welcomes the new apprentices and wish them all the best for a successful career start.

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Start together in the work life: the Cordes group, which Osmo also belongs to, invited all of the group’s commercial apprentices to a large kick-off event. At the event along with team training, also team building exercises like soapbox races with vehicles built by the apprentices were on the programme. (photo: Osmo)
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