From China to Chemnitz for vocational training
Lixing Kang is 19 years old and he is from the Chinese city Foshan (佛山市). He is currently training as an electronics technician for automation technology at Leadec. However, he is not training at Leadec China but in Chemnitz, Germany, approximately 8,500 km away from his home city.
When asked what made him leave home and start a new life in a foreign country, Lixing replies: “Mechanical engineering and automotive are highly developed in Germany. This is where I would like to acquire knowledge and broaden my skills.”
The opportunity to train in Germany was the result of the long-standing cooperation between the Volkswagen Bildungsinstitut (educational institute) and the Chemnitz site. The goal is to find suitable trainees from abroad, especially when it proves difficult to fill a technical vocational training vacancy with German candidates.
Like all other applicants, Lixing Kang first had to pass an aptitude test comprising a theoretical and a practical part in China. The test results and the application are then sent to interested companies in Germany. Lixing’s application went to Leadec in Chemnitz, who decided to offer the 19-year-old a vocational training.
Theory and practice
Once he had arrived in Germany, Leadec helped Lixing settle in his new home quickly. Together with other trainees he participated in a 3-day start-up outdoor camping event and he received assistance in his dealings with authorities. However, he is very ambitious and tries to do as much as possible without the help of others.
In his vocational training as electronics technician for automation technology, Lixing learns how to modify, adjust, disassemble and reassemble automation systems, install controls, create control programs and test and assess control systems for proper operation.
Torsten Loose, training supervisor, is responsible for him and the other trainees. “Lixing is our first Chinese trainee. It is extra hard for him because he has to learn the German language in addition to his vocational training. He is now in the second year of his training and has settled in well."
Living in Germany
Lixing has been living in Germany for more than a year now. In June, he finished the first of his three and a half years of training. He likes his vocational training at Leadec in Germany because he is taught a lot of theoretical and practical knowledge in a highly professional environment.
The biggest challenge for him is the German language, even though he came to Germany a few months prior to the start of his training to improve his German and is still participating in a language course at the weekend.
However, this is not the only challenge the young Chinese has to meet: “What I miss most are my family and friends from my native city. I use WeChat to stay in touch with them,” says Lixing. Via the VW Bildungsinstitut he made friends quickly and also meets up with other Chinese people who are training at other companies.