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A first-class result for our first trainee: the first *um trainee finishes his vocational training program with top marks

Jon Lowag, *um's very first trainee, recently completed his vocational training program and passed his exam with top marks. We would like once again to offer our heartfelt congratulations, something we did live and in person long ago, and are very pleased to welcome our apprentice as a full-time team member – Jon recently joined us as a System Engineer in the *um Service Delivery Team.

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Vocational training – a packed program

Since the start of 2013, *um has been providing training to IT specialists with a focus on system integration within the framework of the „YourTurn" program organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin. Within this program, theory and practice are taught as a joint package, allowing the combined training program to be completed in just 1.5 years, instead of the usual 3.5 years. This means, however, that it is extremely demanding for participants, but will very definitely pay off in the end for all those involved. The results of the exhaustive training program are highly motivated employees and qualified experts.

"Our tier 4 data centre space, the use of enterprise equipment manufactured by all of the market leaders in the industry, and the technologies for the specialised field of big data mean that *um can offer a very attractive training environment," explains *um vocational trainer Enrico Kern. "Our trainees have the opportunity to make a contribution from very early on, and also to start working independently."

Jon Lowag is a very up-to-date example of exactly how well this works: he has found his vocation as a System Engineer. In the *um Service Delivery Team, he now deals very successfully with the setting up, installation and continuous supervision of system architectures, servers, networks and data centre space, along with the administration and operation of high-performance websites.

The YourTurn program will start again in February 2015. Following our consistently very positive experience, it goes without saying that *um will be taking part again and will offer new training positions. We will let you know in plenty of time. Promise.

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