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Application process begins for training year 2015 Bosch seeks more than 1,300 apprentices in Germany

  • Occupational training commitment as high as previous year
  • Director of industrial relations Kübel: “Young specialized talent ensures we remain diverse”
  • High demand for mechatronics engineers and industrial mechanics
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Stuttgart – Starting immediately, school students from across Germany can apply for all of Bosch’s new positions for apprentices and university students. The supplier of technology and services plans to fill 1,340 education and training spots in Germany for 2015. Bosch offers young people career opportunities in more than 30 professions in the technical, commercial, and IT sectors. These include, for example, the classic metalworking and electrical engineering professions, as well as training in areas such as mechatronics, microtechnology, and IT. The company is also offering 300 dual study positions in technical and commercial areas. More than 100,000 young people worldwide have completed apprenticeships at Bosch. In Germany, one in four Bosch apprentices is female. Interested school students can find out more information and apply online at:

Apprenticeships ensure future supply of new recruits
“Especially in this time of demographic change, we need talented new recruits in Germany to ensure that we can continue to develop technology to improve many people’s quality of life,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH, about the start of the application process. “People who complete their training at Bosch bring lots of impetus and ideas with them, and these contribute greatly to the company’s success.” Kübel adds that age diversity is a significant driver of Bosch’s innovative strength.

Invented for life – mechatronic engineering high on the list
The need for apprentices will remain high in the coming year. Mechatronic engineering, which combines mechanics and electrical engineering knowledge, is especially in demand, as these skills are increasingly important in production. “Bosch is particularly keen to attract applications from women because mixed-gender teams are more successful,” stresses Siegfried Czock, who is responsible for occupational and vocational training for Bosch in Germany. “Already, the share of women in each apprentice year has reached 23 percent, and in technical areas, it’s at 16 percent.”

Apprenticeship tradition with high standards
Bosch has a long tradition of providing vocational training. More than 100 years ago, on April 1, 1913, Robert Bosch set up the company’s first occupational training department to ensure consistent quality standards. Bosch apprentices today regularly receive great recognition for the quality of their qualifications. In April 2014, Christoph Linz and Christoph Lieberth won the “Jugend forscht” regional competition in Bavaria in the category Working World. “I learned a lot during my apprenticeship at Bosch that I could apply to my Jugend forscht project,” explains 18-year-old Christoph Lieberth, a future industrial mechanic in his second year of training at the Bosch plant in Bamberg, Germany. Problem-solving and social skills are acquired early on by Bosch apprentices. “They have the opportunity to run a company of their own, which we refer to as a “junior company.” They can also get involved in social projects associated with the education initiative Wissensfabrik or as part of a social week,” Czock says.

Connected world – connected learning
Another important element of vocational training is intercultural competence. Bosch has run an international apprentice exchange program for more than 50 years. In each trainee year group, 20 percent are offered the chance to see how work is done in other countries and to gather experience of foreign cultures. Another option is for apprentices to spend some time accruing practical experience at a Bosch location in Germany. “Our goal is to promote independence, self-reliance, and the ability to work as part of a team,” says Czock. “At the same time, this is the first chance for many apprentices to extend their network across several locations.”

Internet (German):
Bosch as an employer:
Technical apprenticeships at Bosch:
Technical and commercial training at Bosch:
Combining theory and practice at Bosch:
School-age student internships at Bosch:
Apprenticeships at Bosch:
The “Jugend forscht” competition for young researchers at Bosch:
Bosch apprenticeships on Facebook:

Video (German):
Apprenticeships at Bosch:
Applying online for apprenticeships and education spots at Bosch:
Electrical engineering apprenticeships for automation technology at Bosch:
Industrial mechanic apprenticeships at Bosch:
Mechanical engineering dual study program at Bosch:
Pipe caterpillar project at “Jugend forscht” competition in Baden-Württemberg 2014:
Rescue snap project at “Jugend forscht” competition in Baden-Württemberg 2014:

Background information:
Connected learning at its best – Training at Bosch in Germany:

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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