Since 1967, the Würzburg-Schweinfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce has been training industrial master craftsmen in plastics and rubber in cooperation with the German Plastics Center SKZ. As of 2023, the professional training can also be completed on a part-time basis.
Training to become a master craftsman in plastics and rubber at SKZ is still in demand and up to date after 55 years (Source: Luca Hoffmannbeck, SKZ)
In terms of content, a lot has changed in the 55 years since the first master class. New technologies have been introduced. The teaching content from back then has been revised and adapted several times. What hasn't changed is the key role that master craftsmen play in the industry after successfully completing their training. Often used as an interface between management and the store floor, they are indispensable to the functioning of a plant. At the same time, this means the need for a very extensive skill set. The master craftsman must understand practical work on the machine as well as costing, management and employee leadership.
The demand for the training remains high and will continue to increase in the age of the shortage of skilled workers. That's why, starting in 2023, the professional training can also be completed part-time. Instead of the seven months it normally takes to acquire the title of master craftsman, the content will be stretched to 18 months, but will be possible on a part-time basis thanks to online teaching components and block events.
"It is enormously important for us that, despite the part-time variant, the high practical content of our training is not lost here in Würzburg. To this end, we divide the teaching content into attendance blocks, live online training from our SKZ studio and web-based training," explains Bernhard Hennrich, Deputy Head of Injection Molding and Additive Manufacturing at SKZ. Of course, further training is still available on a full-time basis. Likewise, participants seeking this advanced qualification can also receive funding for the part-time version. This means that the further qualification is even free of charge.
Further information on our German website about Industrial master craftsmen in plastics and rubber