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Meyer Werft celebrates its apprentices in Papenburg

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Bernard Meyer received graduates of Meyer's apprenticeship program last Thursday in Papenburg amid festivities
Meyer Werft, Papenburg hosted celebrations attended by its MD Bernard Meyer this week to recognise those who successfully completed their apprenticeships with the shipyard.

Of the trainees, 44 were educated by Meyer Werft; others were from the yard’s related enterprises, including two from RE Interior and one from EMS PreCab. 

Bernard Meyer, as well as Chairman of the Works Council Andreas Hanssen and training manager Erwin Siemens congratulated the graduates in the building’s auditorium on February 2, where certificates were presented.  

A number of the trainees will continue with Meyer, while eight on dual study programs will continue working towards a bachelor's degree.

According to the yard’s MD, 'knowledge about the construction of complex and innovative ships gained during the apprenticeship equips graduates with future-proof skills.' 

Committed to education

Meyer Werft is one of the largest apprenticeship employers in the Emsland Region, of which Papenburg is the economic hub. On average, over 200 apprentices and dual students are accepted on to the training course at Papenburg, which takes up to three years to complete. Last September 39 new trainees and dual students, spread across 12 vocational jobs, joined Meyer, EMS PreCab, RE Interior, and ND Coatings.

Despite the challenges that have arisen due to the pandemic, Meyer has retained strong commitment towards vocational training, which continues to be highly regarded in Germany.

The number of maritime apprenticeship employers has reduced in the wake of Germany's shipyard industry consolidation, which has seen the insolvency of MV Werften.