Skilled and qualified smiths are few and far between at the moment. However, just such a person has almost finished his training at Troldtekt. And even though hard metal does not at first thought have much in common with acoustic panels, Troldtekt’s metalsmith apprentice Frederik Søgaard Haunstrup is very enthusiastic about the tasks which have come his way over the past year.
“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship at Troldtekt. I know that what I’m doing is very different to what my classmates at metalworking school are working on, as many of them basically do the same thing all the way through their apprenticeship. I, on the other hand, am able to try my hand at lots of different things, and most days bring new and challenging tasks. It’s actually pretty cool,” says Frederik.
The responsibility should be shared
It ought to be required by law. That’s the solution when it comes to apprenticeships in Danish companies. At least if you ask Troldtekt’s service manager Benny Vestergaard.
“We take on apprentices because we want to help young people start their training. In Denmark, there is a shortage of apprenticeships, and unless companies like ours shoulder our responsibilities and help to create the necessary places, everything will come to a standstill. We cannot simply rely on others to teach and train apprentices. We all need to help and shoulder our share of the responsibility,” he says.
An apprenticeship where you learn something
For Troldtekt, it’s hugely important that apprentices learn what life is like in the workplace, and that they perform relevant work which makes them as skilled as possible. The metalsmith apprentice Frederik will not take his final exam for another two years, but he is already being given tasks which he has to tackle on his own.
“I might be sent out to a motor that has short-circuited, a chain that’s snapped, or a table that needs welding together. I love the fact that I’m not just standing around welding for eight hours, day in and day out, and that I can actually handle other relevant metalsmithing jobs,” says Frederik, adding:
“On the other hand, I have to concentrate a lot at school to become really skilled at the tasks my classmates practise every day. But it’s going extremely well.”
He says that Troldtekt is very flexible, and allows him to take a day out occasionally so that he can practise welding – just like a day at school.
From trainee to apprentice
Frederik once did a 14-day internship at Troldtekt. On the last day, Troldtekt asked Frederik whether he would like to become a permanent part of the team, and three months later an apprenticeship contract was signed. Time will tell whether an employment contract will also be coming Frederik’s way.