Michael Millentrup:
Best Apprentice in
North Rhine-Westphalia


He was congratulated by: Wolfgang Grießl (on the left), President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bonn/Rhein-Sieg and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Hubertus Hille (on the right).

Not only locally but also at the State level, BEUMER apprentice Michael Millentrup earned the title of "Best Apprentice". The 23-year-old concluded his apprenticeship as construction mechanic with the highest grade state-wide. During a ceremonial event in the "Beethovenhalle" in Bonn, he accepted the certificate with the award.

Michael Millentrup, who is studying at the University of Paderborn to become a vocational teacher appreciated the invitation to Bonn. However, not until the end of the ceremony he become aware that he was to be named "Best" in high class: "Arguably first and second in class are always invited", he said previously. Thus the trip to Bonn remained full of suspense until the names were pronounced and the young man of Langenberg became aware of the fact that he was to be "Number One" in North Rhine-Westphalia, and could pat his own shoulder.

A total of 237 examinees in over 130 different professions were invited to Bonn. For the last 20 years, the 16 Chambers of Commerce and Industry in North Rhine-Westphalia have honoured the best of the state. The BEUMER colleagues are proud that this time a BEUMER apprentice was among the best and wish him all the best in the future.

Two BEUMER Apprentices
are among the Best in
North Rhine-Westphalia


The former BEUMER apprentices Lena Sandmann and Michael Millentrup are among the best apprentices of their graduating class. Both candidates completed their examinations at the International Chamber of Commerce of North Rhine-Westphalia earning the score of 'excellent'. Now, they have been honoured in Oelde for their outstanding achievements.

With 74 other apprentices from the Warendorf district, the young industrial clerk and the construction mechanic (field of equipment technology) were presented with the awards in the ceremonial hall of Gea Westfalia Separator Group. The Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Carl Pinnekamp, advised the young people to enjoy their success but not to rest on the laurels.

The two BEUMER junior employees have already turned these words into actions. The 23-year-old Lena Sandmann is working at BEUMER in the Human Resources Department. At the same time, she is studying part-time in the field of International Management with an Engineering focus, thus developing not only commercial but also technical know-how. Her motto for success is: "We have to learn a lot, otherwise it will not work".

Michael Millentrup also shares this viewpoint. The 23-year-old is studying at the University of Paderborn to become a vocational teacher. He attributes his success to his own efforts but also to the excellent support rendered by BEUMER. "A contact was always available to answer our questions and we had enough time to dedicate to learning", said Millentrup. The young technician also achieved a higher position on the ladder of the best apprentices. Second best in his class of graduates in North Rhine-Westphalia, he is invited to "Beethovenhalle" in Bonn, where he will accept another award for his first class degree.

Top Apprentice
from BEUMER Group


Lucas Wehmschulte is one of the best. The former apprentice at BEUMER Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, in Beckum, passed his IHK final exams in construction mechanics as the best German exam participant in the winter of 2009/2010. For this reason, Wehmschulte was honoured by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) - the umbrella organisation for all Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK). Prof. Dr. Hans Heinrich Driftmann, President of the DIHK, presented him with his award. A commemorative speech was given by Secretary of State for Employment, Ursula von der Leyen.

Since 2006, the IHK has been recognising the best apprentices in Germany with a festive event within the framework of an event "Honouring the Nation's Best". This year, more than 200 top graduates received certificates and trophies for passing their exams with a grade of "outstanding". This makes them the best graduates out of more than 300,000 exam participants. Lucas Wehmschulte shone with 97 out of 100 possible points. His success is also a testament to the quality of the training at BEUMER Group. "Being the best apprentice in the country means an exceptional effort on the part of the teachers and the students", von der Leyen said at the event.

The former BEUMER Maschinenfabrik apprentice is remaining loyal to the company even after his apprenticeship. He is already contributing to the so-called "Soester Model", a cooperative effort between companies and the departments of "Mechanical-Automation Technology Engineering" and "Electrical Power Engineering" at the branch of the University of Applied Sciences in Soest. In the exchange between company and university, he is completing an engineering degree. He's receiving a scholarship from BEUMER Group. The company expressed its high esteem for Wehmschulte and looks forward to continued cooperation with the top-notch graduate - because, for him, this is only just the beginning!