The first apprentices workshop – the foundation of success
Robert Bosch himself was dismayed by the poor apprenticeship he received. This motivated him to set up his first apprentices workshop on April 1, 1913. Only high-quality occupational training could guarantee success.
Memories of Gottlob Honold, model pupil
Gottlob Honold enjoyed the excellent training and thanked Bosch by inventing the high-voltage magneto ignition system. “I look back very fondly on my years as an apprentice. Mr. Bosch took his role as mentor very seriously.”
Forging an elite
As Bosch wanted only the best, candidates had to sit a challenging entrance exam. Those who were accepted would also be trained by the best. The photo shows applicants and examiners in the physics lab in Stuttgart in 1925.
A tradition of expectations
In 1935, Bosch-Zünder (the Bosch in-house newspaper) described the selection process for apprentices: “Besides being able to pick things up quickly, spatial awareness and technical skill were also important.”
A flying visit from the boss
Robert Bosch inspects the work of an apprentice, 1936. He felt his own occupational training had been too lax. “Not only did my master seldom show his face in the workshop, he did not even encourage learning.”
People as true capital
Instructor guidelines, 1938: “The training of apprentices is not limited to simply teaching them professional skills. It also involves helping the apprentice become an independent personality.”
Women break through into male-dominated worlds
The first six young women started their training in Feuerbach in October 1950. Today, the proportion of women in each annual intake of apprentices at Bosch in Germany has reached roughly 23 percent.
Morning break with beer
Travel broadens the mind. In 1954, English apprentices were amazed by three things they found in Stuttgart – female colleagues, the beer given out during the morning break, and the good English spoken by many associates.
From the early days to a major export hit
From morning breaks and social commitment to time spent in foreign countries and women apprentices in technical trades – occupational training at Bosch has made history in many ways around the world. Here is a look back in pictures.