Five new apprentices at the MPP: (from left) Daniel Witte, Anton Pranjic, Vincent Grüninger, Janick Albrecht und Samuel Dick. (Picture: Barbara Wankerl/MPP)

Max Planck Institute for Physics welcomes new apprentices

Five young adults have started their professional training at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP). Training officer Engelbert Modjesch and members of the technical and Human Resources departments welcomed the apprentices and wished them all the best for their education. In the three years to come they will be trained to become industrial mechanics and electronic technicians.

The MPP has been offering professional education for electronic technicians since 1996. In 2000, the institute added a training program for industrial mechanics. Since then, close to 90 apprentices have accomplished their professional education at the MPP.

The institute offers an ambitious and valuable education program. “Our workshops and laboratories produce components for international top research – be it for telescopes or experiments at particle accelerators,” says Engelbert Modjesch, head of training. “Our program therefore meets highest technological standards.”

Education is attractive for young women

Modjesch is proud of the fact that so far all but one of his “students” have successfully finished the training. Companies think highly of the MPP education: Most career entrants found a job in industry or research right away – or continued their education.

Young women also favor apprenticeships at MPP. Even with technical professions still being a male domain, 20 percent of MPP’s apprentices are female – with a rising tendency. “Women do very well in our programs”, says Modjesch. “It was as recently as 2014 that one of our female apprentices was awarded Max Planck Society education prize endowed with 750 euros.”