Our polymechanic and automation engineer apprentices in their first year completed and enjoyed their annual project week a few weeks ago. A total of six new barbecue areas were built at the Bülach-Kloten armoury and one of them was equipped for wheelchair access.
The aim of this year’s project week was to create a different working environment for the apprentices and to get to know each other from a different perspective. It was also important that we do something for the region again this year. Normally, the apprentices spend the whole day in the training workshop and do a completely different kind of work than on an outdoor construction site. The Swiss army took care of the catering during the whole week. They provided all the workers with fresh meals and snacks during the breaks. As a foretaste of the military, they even had “Chili Johnnys” once, which is a traditional military dish.
In the beginning, the sites consisted of run-down barbecue pits or an empty meadow. During the week, these developed more and more into the newly planned barbecue sites. On Monday, the first thing done was the excavation, i.e. digging a hole with the right dimensions into the ground so that a self-made formwork, into which concrete is poured, forms the base for the barbecue. In addition, the polymechanic and automation engineer apprentices completely repainted a guard house in the area. You could tell that we were still unsure about the unknown work at the beginning. But from day to day you could feel the joy and self-confidence in the assigned tasks. Also when the concrete for the formwork was delivered on Wednesday, the ambition for the project became apparent.
On the last day of the project week, the inauguration event took place. This was held at the completed Handicap site. The organizers of this project week, Michael Huggler and Oliver Strüby, proudly presented the final result of this week together with all the apprentices. The vocational trainers of the apprentices from all the companies were invited and other sponsors and participants were pleased to marvel at the work at the closing event.
With the help of apprentices from Flughafen Zürich AG, SR Technics, Cessna and the Swiss Army, this week was a huge success. All are happy that the project week could be carried out with joy and success despite the difficult circumstances. Together on Fire.
Speaking of apprentice training: Our new apprentices, four automation technicians and eight polymechanics, will soon be starting their training with us. We are already very much looking forward to the exciting time with them.
While their colleagues in the first year of their apprenticeship are “on fire”, 17 apprentices were celebrating their successful completion of their apprenticeship at SWISS as polymechanics, automation engineers and automation technicians after an intensive four-year (or three-year for automation technicians) apprenticeship.