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Brand’s watch school takes on 28 new students

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Glashütte Original’s watch-making school in Germany has enrolled 28 new apprentices, nearly doubling its capacity.

The brand-owned Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking in Glashütte is currently training more than 70 students, bolstered by the construction of two new classrooms.

Of the new recruits, who were greeted by head of the school Gunnar Müller and Glashütte Original’s production manager Veit Gehmlich, 24 will study for three years to become watchmakers while four spend three-and-a-half years training to become toolmakers.

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Apprentices are educated using theoretical and practical studies alongside interships in selected production and assembly areas of the Glashütte Original ‘manufactory’, giving the students a solid grounding of traditional craft and how modern techniques apply to them.

The school also co-operates with the Swiss WOSTEP training programme, the only German facility to do so, which means apprentices graduate with a WOSTEP Diploma as well as a German skilled worker certificate.

The Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking will be hosting an information day on October 18, 2014 for anyone interested in training as a watchmaker.

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