A company which is known for its uncompromising quest for quality and increasingly complex projects needs the best possible employees. Finding candidates with the breadth of expertise required is almost impossible, which is why Deutsche Werkstätten have for years now been investing in education and training. The excellent reputation of the company is also not to be underestimated. Every year the company receives at least 120 applications for just 6 apprenticeships (in cabinetmaking) in the joinery workshop. The situation is similar at Deutsche Werkstätten Lebensräume. Katharina Müller-Kratsch, confirms “Thanks to the reputation of our company we have always been able to fill all our free positions.”
Induction and vocational training are just as important in Lebensräume as they are elsewhere in Deutsche Werkstätten. Ronny Kretschmer, Managing Director of DW Lebensräume explains,“We invest a year in a new employee before we can say they have really arrived. And the learning process never stops. In this business we are constantly dealing with innovations and new products. Or depending on the client, it may be a matter of recommending an alternative to the ‘design classics’, perhaps a new workshop or small-scale manufacturer.”
Of course, the clients benefit from the skills and experience of DW expert staff and Ronny is convinced that the company as a whole benefits from such skilled colleagues who have a breadth to their knowledge and expertise. It is often the case that different companies within the enterprise cooperate on the same projects. It is important for employees to be well looked after with plenty of opportunity for further development. Generous training opportunities, flexible working conditions and collaborative leadership across the company, make it possible.