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    “I definitely wanted to stay at Krones”

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    Moving to another country without any school qualifications or language skills? Sounds like a recipe for disaster. For Emese Katona, though, it was exactly the right decision. How the native Hungarian found a new home for herself in Germany – and a new home for her career at Krones.

    When Emese Katona arrived in Germany ten years ago, all she could say was “Guten Tag”. At school in Hungary, where she comes from, she learnt English and French – German was not on the timetable. She hadn’t even done her final exams when she took the decision to leave Hungary. “My mother had been made redundant, my dad couldn't find any work at the time and my ex-boyfriend was already living in Germany. So we emigrated, at first just my dad and me,” the now 27-year-old explains.

    She then completed her schooling by distance learning and, at 19 years old, started her first job – a temporary position in assembly at Krones. In the meantime, her mother and brother had also moved over. After some time, Emese moved to Logistics and worked in the warehouse. She liked it there from the start – so she had no hesitation in putting in an application when a permanent position finally became available. She didn't let the fact she had no training qualifications put her off. Together with her boss, Martin Sigl, she looked for suitable opportunities. “I couldn't simply stop working and start an apprenticeship, after all, I had to continue earning. But I needed training to get the position, though, so I looked for a solution that could somehow be combined with the job,” Emese continues. “I definitely wanted to stay at Krones.”

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    Emesa Katona at her workplace in Logistics at Krones in Neutraubling.

    Completing the training on her own despite the language barrier

    She finally ended up going to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK), where she chose a course as a warehouse clerk and took on the challenge of learning the material on her own – doing so in record time: She registered for the first available examination date, just one year after starting the course. “I always studied in the afternoons and at weekends. I’d never heard many of the technical words before, and my German wasn't particularly good. So I wrote everything down on cue cards, bought copies of old examination papers and got myself some textbooks,” she explains. Martin Sigl adds: “Within one year she had managed to achieve what others do in two years of training, despite the language barrier. That deserves respect.”

    As head of department, Sigl supported his employee right from the start. “I was absolutely determined to do that. Emi is a hugely motivated, diligent worker, that’s evident both in her output and in the hours she puts in.” He believes it is important not to have a two-tier system or the like in his department. “We’re already keeping an eye out to make sure everyone integrates well. There shouldn’t be any differences between temporary workers and permanent Krones employees.” As for integration, Emese never had to give much thought to this at Krones anyway: “Many of my colleagues don’t come from here either. I’m often working alongside people from Bosnia and Croatia, for instance.” You learn the language over time – “even the swear words,” the 27-year-old adds with a laugh.

    She wants to remain loyal to “her building” in the future too

    She rarely goes back to Hungary – only every three months or so. Almost her whole family is here now, and Emese’s mother has likewise since got a job – also at Krones. “We’re very fortunate here, because the standard of living is very different to what it is in Hungary. You could be working 20 years at a bank there, for instance, which is actually a well-paid job, but only be earning perhaps 800 to 1,000 euros a month. But a bar of chocolate in the supermarket costs just as much there as it does here.” She was last in Hungary over Easter, preferring instead to spend most of her time in Neutraubling with her family and their dog. She’s also now learning Spanish, just for fun.

    She wants to remain at Krones in the future too. “I like being here, and especially in this department. I always say that's my building,” the Hungarian adds with a smile. She is happy that Krones and her boss gave her the opportunity and that she picked up the challenge of doing the training on her own. “I now have a skilled trade that no one can take away from me.”

    Apprenticeship as a warehouse clerk at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK)

    • The employer must confirm that the person concerned has spent at least three years in the warehouse acquiring the practical skills.
    • Theoretical knowledge can be gained in private study.
    • At the end the IHK sets a theory and a practical examination. This is intended to show, among other things, that the person can plan work steps, determine work equipment and check work results.

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