Kim Schulz from the Braunschweig plant was once pronounced clinically dead: the 24-year-old had no idea that she had a heart defect until the moment she collapsed. Fortunately, she was able to pick back up on her training to become a tool mechanic in May 2016, although finding a suitable job for her afterwards proved difficult.
Kim’s illness means she struggles to work shifts and can’t perform tasks involving heavy manual labor. Nevertheless, she finally got lucky and has now found her new home in the tool reconditioning department. It’s a win-win situation for both sides: the tool reconditioning department has a strong reputation and offers its services to the entire plant. Some employees have been working there for decades and will be looking to retire in the next few years, so bringing in some “fresher faces” like Kim has been a stroke of luck.
“Kim Schulz is a quick learner, enjoys taking on responsibility, and she just fits right in here. We are delighted to have her with us,” explains tool reconditioning foreman Andreas Aping. And as for Kim, she is also thrilled, as she was determined not to end up in a desk job. “I am so pleased to have found a job here that allows me to use my skills and capabilities to the full. It’s a challenging job, too, and definitely requires brains!”