Ziehl-Abegg Joins the Guilford Apprenticeship Partners

(Last Updated On: November 14, 2017)

German manufacturer will be searching for apprentices to join the company and start their apprenticeship program

The German fan and motor manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg has joined the Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP). This program consists of a 4 year work agreement between employer and apprentice and combines the German-style apprenticeship model with a public-private partnership. With this program, Ziehl-Abegg aims to secure the highly-skilled workers it needs.

“We simply cannot keep up with the growth without trained workers”, says Franziska Milde, Human Resources Manager at Ziehl-Abegg in Greensboro. The US Headquarters of the Germany-based company have experienced a fast expansion in the last few years. After moving to a 100,000 sq. ft. facility in 2011, the company started manufacturing and assembling products to supply the growing demand of the North American market.

Close to 10% of Ziehl-Abegg’s working force in Germany consists of apprentices and trainees. “Ziehl-Abegg understands how valuable apprentices are for a company’s growth,” says Mirco Herrmann, Managing Director for the North American Region. He further explains that apprentices will receive the same benefits as all other employees. Herrmann is convinced of the benefits the program will bring. “We are in business over 100 years, we are not afraid of long-term investments,” says Herrmann. He adds that the goal of the company is to hire the apprentices they train after the apprenticeship period.

Glenn Sellmer, Production Manager of Ziehl-Abegg in Greensboro, has high hopes in the program. “Finding skilled employees is a priority for every employer. With this program, we can train the next generation to become the workforce of the future,” says Sellmer. This commitment to training helps both employers and workers realize their potential.

The GAP apprenticeship program will benefit the apprentices, ZIEHL-ABEGG, Inc., and the community. Investing in a strong work force offers better opportunities for everyone involved.

About the Guilford Apprenticeship Partners – The GAP Program is directed to high school’s juniors and seniors, as well as military veterans. The four-year program offers the possibility to earn an associate’s degree in manufacturing through Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) while earning an hourly salary.  For apprentices starting in the school year 2018/19, the cost of tuition for classes at GTCC will be covered by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. The hourly salary will be paid by the employer.  Juniors and seniors interested in participating must attend a required open house by one of the companies.

Established as an initiative in 2015, the GAPNC, or Guilford Apprentices Partners, is led by local manufacturers in North Carolina. Together, they aim to bridge the gap between students and career opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing.  To apply and learn more about the apprenticeship program, please visit

About Ziehl-Abegg – Ziehl-Abegg (Kuenzelsau, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany) is one of the leading global companies in the field of ventilation, control and drive technology. Back in the Fifties, Ziehl-Abegg established the basis for modern fan drives: external rotor motors which even today are still seen as state-of-the-art worldwide. Another area of business is electric motors which provide the power, for example, for elevators, medical applications (computer tomography equipment) or deep-sea underwater vehicles. The theme of electro-mobility for motor vehicles was established as part of the Ziehl-Abegg Automotive Team in 2012.

The high-tech company has an impressive innovative capability. Ziehl-Abegg employs 2,000 personnel in its production plants in Southern Germany. The company has a global workforce of 3,700 spread between 16 production plants, 27 companies and 97 sales locations. The products, approx. 30,000 in all, are sold in more than 100 countries. Turnover in 2016 totalled 484 million euros, with exports accounting for three quarters of the figure.

The US-Headquarters and production facilities are located in Greensboro, North Carolina. With over 50 employees and as the fastest growing subsidiary, ZIEHL-ABEGG, Inc. is focused on developing specific solutions for the North American market, as well as securing a further expansion by offering continuous training of the employees.

Emil Ziehl founded the company in Berlin in 1910 as a manufacturer of electric motors. After the Second World War the company’s headquarters were relocated to Southern Germany. Ziehl-Abegg SE is not a listed company but instead is family-owned.

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