The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACCs) honored Bauer Foundation Corp’s Christina Chadwick with their first “Trainee of the Year” award during the annual German American Business Outlook conference in New York City on December 3, 2012. The GACC flew Christina to NYC to receive the award. Also, as part of her award, Christina will receive an all-expenses paid week long trip to Germany sponsored by Lufthansa and FESTO, two German American businesses with operations in the US.
“This is a great honor for Christina and our company to receive this award. A distinguished jury selection panel reviewed applications from many German subsidiaries located in the US, and we won! I am so proud of Christina and her accomplishments and our employees for taking this program seriously. This award signifies that we are on the right track to improving the skills of our technical workforce,” said Charles Puccini, President/CEO of Bauer Foundation Corp. (BFC). Christina was also recognized by Professor Thomas Bauer, the worldwide President of Bauer for her achievement at the Bauer staff Christmas party at the worldwide headquarters in Schrobenhausen, Germany.
The BFC trainee program is called a Career Mentorship Program, because students are offered an opportunity to be mentored by both their educational and industrial mentors who help the students discover their career passions and to develop a path of success for both the student and employer.
The program is modeled after the successful German Dual of Education system used by our parent company Bauer AG in Schrobenhausen, Germany, where nearly 250 apprentices are employed. The students work for three to four years as “apprentice trainees” while attending school where a rigid academic curriculum coincides with their practical “hands-on” industrial experience. During the program, the students also receive certifications along the way to become master craftsman in their field following the German occupational standards established by the German IHK (Industrie und Handelskammer) which is an industry and trade chamber of commerce affiliated with the government. Following the “Dual System of Education” enables the students to become innovative contributors to the company long before they finish the program, and master craftsman and innovative employees when they become full-time employees while still in their early twenties. This training has set Germany apart from the world in engineering and technical advancements in manufacturing and other technical industries.
For a position as “trainee” at Bauer Foundation Corp., students apply for a six week Career Mentorship program during the summer between their sophomore and junior years of high school. The Summer Career Mentorship program is an intense “boot camp” experience learning about and shadowing all departments in the company, as well as learning how to use machinery in the workshop. The students are then assigned real
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“hands-on” projects where they need to design and build tooling and equipment needed in our daily operations.
BFC US headquarters is in Odessa, Florida near Tampa and employs approximately 180. BFC is primarily engaged in the installation of drilled shaft foundations for heavy construction projects such as high-rise buildings, power plant facilities, transmission lines, and bridges, and also performs design and construction of dam and levee cut-off walls, as well as slurry walls for open pit construction and tunneling projects. The company performs 95 percent of its contracts in the southeastern United States with a fleet of 25 drilling rigs. BFC also owns and operates a fabrication and maintenance facility located at the corporate campus in Odessa. BFC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bauer Spezialtiefbau GmbH, a corporation organized under the laws of Germany.
For more information on Bauer Foundation Corp. and its Dual System of Education program, please contact Bryan Kamm at (727) 531-2577.