On August 24, 2015Glashütte Original saw 26 new apprentices begin their training. At the company’s own Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking, twenty-two young people will learn the craft of watchmaking, and four will be trained as toolmakers. Including the new apprentices to the manufactory, Glashutte Original currently has 80 apprentices in training, which makes it the largest of the training institutes based in Glashütte.
The future watchmakers are about to begin an intensive three-year period of training; the apprentice toolmakers can expect to study for three and a half years.
In order to accommodate the students, who come from all over Germany and now number more than 80, the capacity of the school was expanded last year by two new classrooms. The modern, well-equipped rooms are located on two floors in the school: with excellent teaching and learning conditions they offer the best possible conditions for a successful education of the highest quality.
Along with their training at the watchmaking school, during their studies the students gain practical experience in selected production and assembly areas of the manufactory. The goal is to have the students become familiar with watchmaking traditions and gain hands-on experience with modern craft techniques and procedures as well.
Glashütte Original will again be offering apprenticeships for the professions of watchmaker and toolmaker this coming year. The school will be hosting an “open house” day on October 17, 2015: all interested persons are welcome.
This is one of the many ways the the German manufacture is preparing for the future and demand of luxury high end timepieces.