School pupils get a taste of working life on a visit to Herth+Buss

13. Feb 2019 | Education + Careers

Graduation around the corner and no plans for the future. Many of us surely share this memory from our last days at school. School pupils from the Adolf-Reichwein-Schule are now also faced with this momentous decision. And Herth+Buss is there to help! We granted the pupils a glimpse of our day-to-day work and our many training and apprenticeship options!

What was in store on careers day

On Tuesday 5 February 2019, 15 pupils from the Adolf-Reichwein-Schule came to visit and get a taste of day-to-day work at Herth+Buss. The pupils are just about to enter their 9th year of school and will sit their final exams either this year or next year. This is why they’re already having to think about what to do afterwards!
Together with Sam and Nils – two of my fellow trainees – I helped the Human Resources Department organise this careers day. First of all, we briefly presented the company before whisking the pupils away on a whistle-stop tour and outlining the various training and apprenticeship opportunities at Herth+Buss.

A tour of the departments

After quickly introducing ourselves and Herth+Buss, we set off on a tour through a few of our departments. We started in Logistics. Alexander Fus, Deputy Team Leader in Incoming Goods, guided the youngsters through his domain, explaining the procedure as he went. While they were there, the pupils were allowed to try out some equipment for themselves by scanning a package. Our new high-bay warehouse was a particular highlight. The pupils were fascinated by the way the forklift trucks travel through the narrow aisles order to reach uppermost shelves. Mr Fus then showed us Outgoing Goods and talked us through the procedure there, too.


The tour continued to Jakoparts Product Management, where our Product Managers explained the function of specific products which they are responsible for. For the sake of clarity, one or two products were available for the pupils to inspect, including a brake disc and a timing belt.

Afterwards, we paid a visit to Patrick Grebner’s office. He briefly presented his departments, Research & Development and Pricing, and described the path his career has taken on the way to becoming head of these areas.

The next stop was Sales Support. There, Sylvia Bayer-Bertsch explained the work of our Field Service Team to the students, and how they plan their routes. The youngsters were very impressed by the sheer amount of product knowledge required by a member of the Field Service Team. Not to mention how often and long they need to be on the road for their work. Along the same lines, we had the pupils guess how many kilometres a member of this team travels each year on average. The estimates varied widely, ranging from 10,000 kilometres to as many as a billion! In actual fact, however, the number of kilometres travelled is around 150,000 per year, which is still a significant figure!

Marketing was the last stop on our tour. Jan Schönherr talked about the tasks of the Marketing Department, Herth+Buss’ corporate identity and what needs to be paid attention to. To name just one example, our logo always has to be a specific shade of red, while there is a characteristic, consistent proportion of red to white background. Another especially impressive sight for the youngsters was the printing room and its two large printers, which can produce anything from posters and brochures to catalogues.

Presenting training and apprenticeships opportunities

At the end of the tour, we returned to the training room, where we enjoyed some well-earned fortification in the form of biscuits and refreshments.
It was then up to Sam, Nils and me to present the variety of vocational training routes and degree courses on offer to the pupils. We are all still undergoing vocational training ourselves. It means that we could answer the pupils’ questions very effectively based on our own experience.

At the end, the students were introduced to all training opportunities at Herth+Buss.

All in all, the day was full of input from the various departments introduced on the tour of the company. The school pupils certainly found it all very interesting. They were able to get an idea of the daily routine in numerous areas of the business. They almost unanimously agreed that the Logistics Department was the most impressive. Whether or not our vocational training options are the right choice is something that each of the pupils will need to decide for themselves. At least they now know what kind of opportunities Herth+Buss can offer them.

If you are also interested in finding out more about our training and apprenticeship opportunities, feel free to take a look at our careers page!