The technical school for ceramics technology and design in Höhr-Grenzhausen offers the possibility of further vocational training leading to the qualification of state-certified ceramics technician („Staatlich geprüfter Keramiktechniker“ / „Staatlich geprüfte Keramiktechnikerin“) and state-certified ceramics designer („Staatlich geprüfter Keramikgestalter“ / „Staatlich geprüfte Keramikgestalterin“).
The modern training concept is organised in modules. Thematically self-contained learning modules with a duration of about four weeks allow to focus on the essential issues of ceramics and the professional competences of the ceramics technician to be developed in this context.
Thus, this continuing vocational education and training is ideally suited for part-time vocational training, in which only a self-planned number of modules per year has to be completed. The qualification state-certified ceramics technician can therefore be obtained in up to five years. In principle, overtime, holidays and unpaid leave can be used for the school period. However, many companies make a considerable contribution to the time and money spent on further training in order to reliably secure their own skilled labour needs. The school is happy to advise on this.
In the case of full-time training, graduation is already planned after two school years. Depending on your personal situation, you may be eligible for training assistance under the Upgrading Training Assistance Act (Aufstiegs-BAFÖG) (www.aufstiegs-bafög.de).
During the training, compulsory modules have to be completed on the one hand, and on the other hand, further modules can be booked from the optional area, depending on the interests and progress of the training. Besides silicate ceramics, topics include abrasives, refractory ceramics, technical ceramics and enamel. Whether part-time or full-time, all students finish their vocational training with a final project, which usually takes place in cooperation with a ceramics company. This underlines the proximity of the training and the entire school to industry and crafts.
Current teaching-learning concepts emphasise individual learning with a high degree of self-responsibility and independence and promote a direct and close relationship to professional ceramic practice. The basis for this is provided by modern media and high-quality laboratory and workshop equipment. The aim is to qualify our students at level 6 according to the DQR (German Qualification Framework): „Ceramic technicians have the ability to plan, process and evaluate comprehensive technical tasks and problems and to control processes in sub-areas in a professional field of activity on their own responsibility. The structure of requirements is characterised by complexity and frequent changes“. In order to achieve a suitable interlinking of ceramic and vocational competences, learning modules on management, business administration, communication and work techniques as well as communication in a foreign language are also completed. The trainer aptitude certificate („AdA-Schein“) can also be obtained at our school.
The school offers the following access options: Interested persons either have a ceramic apprenticeship and one year of work experience or have a non-ceramic apprenticeship and two years of work experience or have six years of work experience without apprenticeship, three of which must be in ceramics. In the case of part-time training, the work experience does not have to be proven until the end of the training; working hours between the learning modules are counted towards this. This means that many production workers without school qualifications also have the opportunity to obtain a practical qualification in the ceramics sector.
Life and learning at the school is characterised by often small learning groups and the associated very personal and intensive supervision by all staff members, according to the technical college. This enables the students to participate in school life to a high degree, for example through the student council or participation in school committees. Outside the classroom, too, cordial cooperation is emphasised. „Find out more about our school and get in touch with us, we are happy to be there for you!“ the technical school said in its announcement.