National Future Day 2018: Children Visiting Feintool


Students from the 5th to the 7th grades were invited to accompany their caregivers to discover the world of work on November 8, National Future Day.

On National Future Day, hundreds of companies throughout Switzerland followed the call: Open your doors! Girls and boys from the 5th to the 7th grades accompanied their mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles to work on this day. Feintool was part of the Switzerland-wide commitment once again this year and offered its employees the option of going to work with their youngsters in tow for one day.

Twelve children found their way to Feintool in Lyss and Jona on November 8. After a joint getting-to-know-you breakfast, a visit to the parts production and to the technology center was on the agenda in Lyss. Up-and-coming toolmakers, purchase agents and constructing engineers introduced their professions in various departments. “I really liked the fineblanking presses,” said one of the young visitors after the tour. Afterwards each child was allowed to work a piece of metal into a key fob and engrave their name with a laser under the supervision of Lukas Bickel, toolmaker trainer. In the afternoon, the girls and boys created virtual models with CAD software under the direction of the two constructing engineer trainers, Christian L’Heureux and Christoph Kehrwand, and then presented the print-outs of their 3D drawings. The young visitors spent the conclusion of their trial day at the workplace of their family member.

In the Jona Press Competence Center, the morning revolved around the demanding automation technician training. Kiro Angelov, trainee automation technician, explained to the children, for instance, how they build and test electrical control systems as well as wire up machines and systems and put them into operation. Then the two students soldered an assembly kit so they could take home a small memorabilia. After enjoying lunch together, the young people went to the workplace of the person they had accompanied, where the youngsters soaked up impressions of their challenges.

An important day not only for the children, as Knut Zimmer, CEO of the Feintool Group, is convinced: “A great many professions are open to young men and women today. It’s important for us to encourage young people especially for technical training, to support the shaping of their future and to open up new horizons for them.”