For the first time, we apprentices from Schaffhausen were given the opportunity to spend six months of our third apprenticeship year in Biel. We decided to split the time so that each of us could spend about three months in Biel and benefit from the experience. Brooklyn-Owen supported the marketing team from August to November 2022, followed by Leandro, who replaced him during the winter months.
Our experiences and impressions
In Biel, I had the opportunity to work on an exciting social media project on my own. I was entrusted with the entire concept, so I had a free hand and could implement all my creative ideas. The centerpiece was a campaign with GF employees as testimonials, who were supposed to describe GF in a single word. During this time, I had the chance to meet many new colleagues.
Participating in GF Machining Solutions' Future Day was definitely one of my favorite tasks. Together with an experienced design engineer, I was allowed to accompany a few children through production. It was a pleasant change from everyday life and I learned a lot about the products and machines myself. In addition, I was able to perform numerous photo shoots in the new studio and even assist with a livestream recording.
We benefited a lot from Ryan, the same-aged mediamatician apprentice in Biel. Especially with regard to the language differences, he eased our first few weeks. Since a large part of the team there are native French speakers, we were faced by new challenges and gained a whole new insight into the working world.
What also has to be mentioned, of course, is the unique experience beyond work. Living independently in a new city and cooking for yourself are experiences you don't get very often our age. We experienced Biel as a beautiful and peaceful city with lots of shopping opportunities.
On balance, it was an educational time and a cool experience that we can both look back on in a positive light. We would have regretted not taking this opportunity and would recommend all subsequent learners to take advantage of such opportunities.
Impressions of Biel
- Biel by night
- GF Machining Solutions in Biel
- Biel at Christmas time
- Entrance area of GF Machining Solutions in Biel
- Brooklyn-Owen (left) and Leandro (right) in Biel