Another training year has officially commenced at the German watchmaker A Lange & Sohne, for 20 very privileged boys & girls who will become the best watchmakers for the future!
This group comprises of six boys and fourteen girls who joined the esteemed watchmaker in August 2014 to become professional watchmakers and will learn to assemble and repair mechanical movements, from alarm clocks and grandfather clocks to pocket watches and modern wristwatches. They will also learn to craft their own tools and at the end of their apprenticeships and demonstrate their abilities by building a mechanical wristwatch.
This young generation of watchmakers originally applied for this amazing apprenticeship a year ago. After passing a comprehensive aptitude test, they were able to sign their employment contracts in January 2014 and then focus on their school-leaving examinations.
According to A Lange & Sohne CEO, Wilhelm Schmid, “To manufacture our highly complex timepieces, we need qualified individuals. That is why we invest in in-house training, which allows us to define the benchmarks and the career milestones.” Wilhelm Schmid is very happy with the new apprentices. “They are superbly schooled and highly motivated,”
A Lange & Sohne pioneered this watchmaking program in 1997. Since then, more than 100 watchmaker apprentices, one engraver, and seven toolmakers have completed their training here. Registrations for apprenticeships that begin in 2015 are now being accepted. The first aptitude tests are scheduled for November.