Fraunhofer IWKS consists of two sites, the Bavarian Alzenau and the Hessian Hanau, whereby the location Alzenau consists of two parts. The administration building and the laboratory building. Furthermore, two departments of Fraunhofer IWKS are located in the Nukem halls. After the completion of the new building in Brentanostrasse, which is expected to be in 2019, these departments will also move into their own research building. Construction is also underway in Hanau. The new building there is also expected to be completed in 2019. At the moment, however, they are still located in the industrial park Wolfgang on the premises of Umicore.
What does this mean for the education?
Since the majority of the administration is located in Alzenau, I am also mainly active here. In the first week I was shown the premises and the laboratories, which was very interesting. In order to get an overview of the work of Fraunhofer IWKS, I then spent two weeks each in the various administrative departments. After I had gone through all departments once and could thus get an initial overview, a time began in which I was to get to know each department and its main areas of work for a longer period of time.
Company, vocational school and salary
The education as a clerk for office management is a classic dual training. This means that the training takes place in the company and at the vocational school. I spend two days a week at school and the remaining three days a week at the company. The average earnings according to Ausbildung.de are 760€ in the first apprenticeship year, 810€ in the second and 860€ in the third. This means that the training salary at Fraunhofer is above average. The training for office management clerks has developed from the three training occupations office clerk, office communication clerk and office communication specialist and has been completely restructured accordingly. I am currently in the Marketing and Press Department, where I am learning how to use information media, such as the website, in line with my training plan and the specifications it contains.
In this register, I am going to describe the main areas of work of the departments that I am going to go through during my training.