Author: Andreas Renner
Eichstätt Every step had to be right. Nothing has been left to chance. It can take a good six months from the initial idea to the planning to the finished work of an apprentice. Young craftsmen from the district of Eichstätt will present their latest work from a three-year carpentry course at the Haus des Gastes in Domplatz over the weekend. On Sunday, July 24, the journeyman’s work can be viewed from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Before the public can view the work, it has to be assessed. A total of 15 journeyman jobs were submitted, says deputy master of the carpenter’s guild Christian Körber. A specialized jury evaluates the works on the basis of criteria such as shape, color and workmanship. “This year is the first time we are doing this kind of exhibition,” said Körber. The profession deserves more attention, he believes: “Hardly any craftsmanship is as versatile as a carpenter.”
A look at the former Johanniskirche seems to confirm his praise. Massive desks, filigree chests of drawers and hanging cabinets, a sideboard with plenty of storage space or a fold-out open-air kitchen – everything was done by apprentices. “Of course, the job must have a certain degree of difficulty,” explains Alexander Weber, teacher of wood technology at the state vocational school in Eichstätt. However, it is the masters in training companies that always have the last word. A journeyman’s work should be unique, but also fit for everyday use, not just as a showpiece.
Interns have a maximum of 80 hours of work at their disposal, spread over several months in the last year of their internship. The outdoor kitchen was created by Körber’s student, Levi Frank. They worked together for a long time on this idea. You give boys and girls tips and assess the feasibility of the plan. But they have to build themselves, says Körber.
Contrary to the tendency prevailing in many industries, the carpentry industry cannot yet complain about the lack of young people, says Alexander Weber. The internship positions offered in the poviat have been well filled so far. “The diversity of the profession and interested parties is our advantage. From candidates without a school leaving certificate to high school graduates – everything is there. ” There is a carpenter in almost every city, says Körber: “The apprenticeship position does not always have to be in a big city.” it doesn’t match 100%, you can still do it with the switch. “Some people prefer to build doors and windows, others like designer furniture. In our industry, you need to find the right niche for you. ”
Thus, the school-leaving certificate does not give an unambiguous prediction of suitability for the profession. Training companies are too different, the strengths of young people too different, says wood technology teacher Weber. In the first year of education, carpenters complete the year of Basic Professional Education (BGJ). 50 percent practice, 50 percent theory. This system only exists in Bavaria, says Weber. It can be omitted with the high school diploma. However, you must acquire the content yourself. From the second year of internship, you will start working in the company. Some of the BGJlers don’t even have a training contract in their pocket and will only start looking this year when they realize they like the job. But that’s not the norm, Weber knows from his daily life. “We are in close contact with each other. When a foreman is looking for an apprentice, one of the first things he does is ask if there is anyone in the class who doesn’t have an apprenticeship contract.
The share of women in the industry has been growing for years. 6 of the 36 students in the carpentry classes at the vocational school in Eichstätt are female carpenters. Among applicants, the percentage of high school graduates is above average. “They often take training as the basis for their onward journey in technical drawing or studying architecture,” says Weber. However, an increasing number of young women remain in the profession, even if it is still largely male-dominated.