This year, an apprentice trip to the start of the new apprentices and students of the TecAlliance took place as usual. The trip is organized by the trainees themselves and is primarily intended to bring the company value One Team across. That’s why all trainees and some of the trainers started the trip on Friday 09/06/2019 at TecAlliance in Weikersheim. We drove to the company site in Schweinfurt by bus. During the bus ride, the different trainee teams were introduced and the further course of the trip was shared with all of them. As we arrived in Schweinfurt, we were divided into two groups. One group was allowed to listen to an informative presentation about the company site while the other group was again divided into three further groups. They did a small scavenger hunt in front of specified sights and places of interest. The winner was the group able to take the most photos including the group members and the corresponding object in 30 minutes. After 45 minutes, the groups switched so that all trainees had the chance to do both activities. Afterwards, we had a small lunch before the bus went on to play Lasertag. In the bus, ribbons in three different colours were distributed in order to identify the Lasertag groups. One group with about 20 players played Lasertag, the other teams played different team games. Everyone had really fun playing Lasertag, so that it was quickly decided that we have to repeat this as an after-work action soon. After all the teams had played twice, we took the bus to the youth hostel and moved into our rooms – of course the sexes were strictly separated. Now it was time for a strengthening! With Spaghetti Bolognese or tomato sauce, for the multitude of vegetarians, we filled our bellies. According to the motto “Let the evening begin” we went to the park nearby with drinks and snacks. Unfortunately, our overloaded handcart broke down, so the manpower of our trainees was needed. The evening helped to blur the boundaries between new and old trainees and to get to know each other better.
After an hour or more of sleep, the last trainees also crawled out of their bows and gathered strength for the second day at the breakfast buffet. This time canoeing was on the agenda. We moved on to Volkach where we had the opportunity to borrow eights to tens Canadians and take a leisurely tour on the Alt Main. The teams were put together by the trainees themselves. This worked smoothly, so that everyone formed part of a group quickly. Our coach Marco had some ideas about one or the other game which the teams had to master with their boats. The first meters were very amusing for everyone, especially when the boat did what it wanted and a straight line turned into a zigzag. The last meters were almost endless. Everyone fought with his last strength and was happy to finish after about four hours. The Canadians were picked up from the canoe rental and loaded them onto the wagons with our help. Before we started our journey back home, everyone enjoyed the packed lunches brought along by the youth hostel. Around 4 p.m. we arrived in Weikersheim and together we put all the things outside of the bus before we went home. To sum up, the trip was a funny experience for all of us which we will keep in mind positively.