DEUTZ stands for a pioneering spirit, passion and a culture imbued with innovation. Following these values every day, our employees create outstanding new products and services. We are developing a new corporate culture to bring this new dynamic to life. DEUTZ is now embarking on a process of cultural transformation.
A new dynamic
requires a new corporate culture
DEUTZ has changed considerably in recent years. Today, we are an agile medium-sized business, yet our processes and culture are still very much those of a large group of companies. That is why the new dynamic that we are already delivering very successfully also requires a new corporate culture.
The first step in developing this dynamic was an analysis of our culture. The key question at the kick-off workshop in November 2018 was “Where does DEUTZ stand today – where do we want to go?” The workshop participants – 24 employees, from the Chairman of the Board of Management to apprentices – were asked to pool their ideas and come up with some initial findings. Employees’ wishes and recommendations for ‘their DEUTZ’ of the future took centre stage. At the top of their wish list were more innovation and room for creativity, less of a silo mentality and less monitoring, more courage to question existing structures and to try out new approaches, more passion and greater interdepartmental and cross-regional collaboration.
The next step is to define shared values and new guiding principles. Everyone at DEUTZ has the opportunity to take part in the various initiatives. In addition, all staff worldwide are being asked to express their own views in a comprehensive employee survey in the first quarter of 2019. We will use the findings as the basis for appropriate measures and work together to implement them throughout the Company to actively shape the future of DEUTZ.
Results of the kick-off workshop
The term Industry 4.0, referring to the digital transformation of manufacturing, has become an established term in Germany, and now DEUTZ is offering an apprenticeship to match. Its Apprenticeship 4.0 recognises that vocational training also needs to be brought in line with the changes and challenges entailed by digitalisation. Only by moving in this direction will our Company continue to have access to sufficient numbers of skilled workers.
We made numerous changes last year. The aptitude test, for example, is now completed digitally using a tablet instead of on paper as before. And all specialist training courses are offered digitally in the form of e-learning programmes. The apprentices can independently access the relevant system and repeat topics or reach specific learning milestones. Touchscreen computers that can be used for this are available at the workbenches.
In 2018, we also began to train our apprentices in 3D printing technology. The specialist courses familiarise the apprentices with the processes involved in 3D printing and the functions of the printer and explain what materials are used and how to programme the machine. The data manual, the ‘machinist’s bible’, was also put online last year. This means that apprentices will always have access to the latest edition, including all changes, right there on their workbench. In addition, the DEUTZ apprentices now write and upload their report books using software provided by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. If an apprentice still has not uploaded a report that is due, the system will even give them a warning.
But the Apprenticeship 4.0 goes much further than this. The role of the trainer is also changing in the face of advancing digitalisation. He or she is increasingly becoming a coach whose job is to encourage the next generation of workers to be flexible and independent and to drive their interest in new technologies.
DEUTZ training is among the best
DEUTZ apprentices and the DEUTZ AG training centre in Cologne once again won accolades in 2018. Four DEUTZ apprentices, training to become metal technology specialists, production mechanics, mechatronics fitters or industrial electronics technicians, were awarded certificates of merit by the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) for their outstanding exam results. Cologne IHK also paid tribute to our commitment to vocational training and praised the above-average exam results achieved by DEUTZ apprentices overall. This was the eighth year in a row that the training centre in Cologne has been recognised in this way.
Another DEUTZ apprentice was honoured for his excellent results in his final exam to become a production mechanic. He was recognised by the IHKs of North Rhine-Westphalia as the best apprentice in his profession of 2018. The award was handed over during a ceremony at Motorworld in Cologne, which houses an area dedicated to DEUTZ’s important role in the history of engines.
Two apprentices at our site in Ulm were also recognised in 2018: an industrial mechanic apprentice and a business apprentice were honoured by the Ulm IHK for their exceptional achievements.