Why Watchmaking Is A Gold Mine

The much-discussed demographic shift in Europe has caused talent shortages in different fields. More and more young people are engaged in the service industry; however, the artisanal industry is the real gold mine. In Saxony, Lange’s hometown, this tradition is a must. As early as 1997, Lange had opened its own watchmaker training school. Since then, the school has trained over a hundred watchmakers and now holds various positions at Lange Production Online. In addition to this training center within the company, Lange also actively reaches young people through the Internet and multimedia. Handcraft is useful at watchmakers’ tables and elsewhere; training director Katja Knig and trainees Tanja Ziesche, Christopher Schillem and Jakob Kupke (from right to left).
Shuttlecock trick
OphChristopher Schillem uses infinite patience to stitch different fabrics together by needle and thread. Towards the end, he filled the bag with small particles through a small opening. After a couple of fine moves, a shuttlecock is done. For the 21st shuttlecock championship runner-up Christopher Schillem, the shuttlecock fashion sport has a lot in common with watchmaking. He recalled: ‘A friend of mine saw that I was sewing these small cloth bags and suggested that I join the watch industry.’ These small cloth balls made up of more than a dozen small cloths were controlled by hands and feet. Do not let it fall to the ground. So when making them, a stable hand and great patience are indispensable. The young man with these qualities is undergoing his second year of training at the Lange Watch School.
OphChristopher Schillem can do it on the watchmaker’s workbench or at leisure.
After leaving school, he wanted to do more than ordinary work. He thought he had found the answer at Lange: ‘Even if it is often difficult to explain to friends and family exactly what this job involves.’ When they mentioned some technical details, they were often staggered. In fact, Christopher still uses the same techniques as before training. At the Career Expo in Dresden, he met several students who were training in this traditional Saxony watch factory. For the first time, he had the opportunity to show his skills on the watchmaker’s workbench and drive the training movement. Screws.
Take the soap box car on the right track
His classmate Linda Feine also always likes to work with both hands. While in school, she won second place in soapbox racing with her handmade metal soapbox cars. So she’s also keen on this craft that doesn’t require sitting at the desk all day. Linda, 20, said: ‘My father is a real tech fan and he took me to a training fair because he really wanted to visit Lange’s information booth.’ Linda was so fascinated that he immediately turned to this traditional company. Submitted the application form. Based on her experience, she suggested that the younger sister who wants to become a doctor should also know in advance the relevant content of her dream job: ‘Because people often hardly know what their work is all about.
NjaTanja Ziesche describes the profession of watchmaker as ‘a dream come true’. At 21, she timely collected a lot of information about her ideal career in her mind. She is a third year trainee and has just passed her final exam. ‘The training at Lange has completely exceeded my expectations,’ she said. ‘These special and delicate materials are an exciting challenge. I really like the school to promote based on the strengths of each of our students.’ Originally, she wanted to study art after graduating, but ‘it was not simple enough for me,’ she recalls. She learned about the watchmaking industry from a leaflet in the Chamber of Commerce and submitted an application to Lange.
的 Reminder from math teacher
Langer gave students experience of working experience during school holidays, so as to deepen their understanding of watch industry, and 18 歳 Jakob Kupke gladly accepted this opportunity. At that time, it was his math teacher who reminded him that Jakob, who was very keen on handicraft since he was a child, said: ‘The teacher is a Glashütte.’ He also applied for work experience and training, and received an invitation to participate in the aptitude test. . Soon, he was evaluated as very suitable for the watch industry, so he was able to sign an internship agreement two months later.
受 The much-discussed demographic shift in Europe has created talent shortages in different fields. More and more young people are engaged in the service industry; however, the artisanal industry is the real gold mine. In Saxony, Lange’s hometown, this tradition is a must. As early as 1997, Lange had opened its own watchmaker training school. Since then, the school has trained over a hundred watchmakers and now holds various positions at Lange Production Online. In addition to this training center within the company, Lange also actively reaches young people through the Internet and multimedia.
Tanja Ziesche, Jakob Kupke and Linda Feine (from left to right) use eyepieces for precision work.
‘We use regional fairs to help young people learn more about watchmaking,’ explains Katja Knig, head of training. Since 1997, Lange has trained watchmakers in its own vocational training school. But the fair and advertising can no longer fully reach the right applicants. Katja Knig said: ‘Now many young people get information about training opportunities online.’ In June 2012, she invited the founder of the azubot portal to the training school to shoot short videos. The short film will display the keyword: ‘watchmaker’ on www.azubot.de from August 2012.
In addition to watchmaking training, Lange has also provided three and a half years of tool manufacturing training since 2003. Five young people have successfully completed this course and learned to make watchmaking tools and equipment in a variety of metals. .
Bia Tobias Wünsche, who made the learning tools in the Lange the following year; right photo, his training director Henry Stephan.
There are now more than 100 proud pupils of Katja Knig working in various production divisions of Lange. Jakob Kupke, Chistopher Schillem and Tobias Wünsche all have the same goals: signing an employment contract with Lange; and, like Linda Feine and Tanja Ziesche, officially started working at Lange on July 24, 2012.