Winners of the national finals will be coached on the Speedmaster SX 52 and the Versafire by experienced personnel in Heidelberg’s Print Media Center in preparation for the competition.
Team Germany, the national skills team for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, met up in Erfurt for the warm-up, spending two days preparing for the showdown of the world’s best young skilled workers. The 42 champions, young men and women, will be contesting the world championship in their professional disciplines in October in Abu Dhabi. We wish them the best of luck with their intensive preparation!
World Cup 2017 - The preparation has started.
150 days until the start of the professional world championship in Abu Dhabi. The phase of the intensive preparation for the competition has now begun - also for Florian Kraus. He will represent Germany in the discipline "Print Media Technology".
From May, 8th to 12th the first training for the World Cup took place in the Print Media Center. Focus was on that content which is part of the world championship but was not taught, or to less, during the vocational training course for media technologists.
During the competition, different tasks and disciplines have to be tackled - similar to heptathlon or decathlon. In addition to work on offset and digital printing, tasks in a print simulation program must be solved. Cutting and the associated cutting program, color mixing as well as maintenance and adjustment work on the printing press are further disciplines.
Only a few media technologists who acquire offset printing as an initial qualification acquire the additional qualification of digital printing. Florian Kraus is not well grounded in this additional qualification. Therefore it was necessary, based on a crash course, to convey to him the digital printing skills required in the World Cup competition.
No easy task. There are good trainers and a highly motivated participant, who are already ready in the preparatory phase to go one or the other extra steps.
Bernhard Nahm, a German expert at the World Championships, and thus in the role of coach and supervisor, as well as competitor in the competition, can go back in preparation for a "coaching staff" of the Print Media Center. For almost every discipline there is a specialist who supports him in the fitness of the participant. Parallels to professional sports can be drawn. Successful athletes also often have several disciplines.
The Print Media Center offers exceptionally good training conditions to the German participant in the Worldskills (Discipline Printing Technology). Heidelberg is aiming to convert the Print Media Center into an official federal performance center for this purpose. Validation will be available soon.
With a highly motivated team 42 of the best German participants start at the world's biggest event of its kind. Chancellor Angela Merkel took over the patronage of Team Germany.
August 4th the Speedmaster SX 52 will be loaded.
Three forty-feet-container will carry the printing presses to Abu Dhabi.
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Heidelberg has mentored and given advice and support to the winners of the German final going back a number of years, and will also prepare this year’s winner for the competition in Abu Dhabi.
The German championship took place in the Print Media Center of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. This is also where Florian Kraus from Kemptener AZ Druck und Datentechnik will be preparing for the international competition in Abu Dhabi from mid-May, supported by experienced Heidelberg staff.
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