XUZHOU, China, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Five international apprentices visited global construction and mining equipment manufacturer XCMG's headquarters in Xuzhou, China for a one-week immersive XCMG Apprentice Program from January 18 to 24.
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The program was the company's first time bringing global apprentices to China; five apprentices from the United States, Brazil, Russia, Kenya and Pakistan stood out from a global selection.
The participants came from different backgrounds but shared the same interest towards the construction and machinery industry. In addition to the comprehensive tour led by XCMG employees that included visits to the crane assembly factory and Asia's largest vibration and noise lab, as well as engaging activities like operating excavators, the apprentices also acted as their mentors' assistants, learning about the state-of-the-art technologies in construction machineries through a day's work.
"XCMG has a keen focus on cultivating talents and encouraging communication through educational programs like XCMG Apprentice, which has introduced XCMG's technological and innovational achievements to the international community," said Wang Min, chairman and president of XCMG.
The apprentices found the working conditions at XCMG's headquarters, with its world-class facilities, very impressive. For them, visiting XCMG was a dream come true -- they not only got hands-on experience in the engineering field, but also gained friends through teambuilding activities.
"XCMG is a great company, a very big company with great values and amazing workers, who are the friendliest people and they have accepted us amongst themselves," said Sharon Maingi, a student of software engineering from Kenya. "During this XCMG experience, I've gotten to meet wonderful people with brilliant minds, and it's been such a great opportunity sharing this with my fellow apprentices, and I believe it has formed friendship bonds for life."
The XCMG Apprentice Program presented the group of apprentices the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at the world's leading construction machinery manufacturer. It's also part of the company's global strategy to promote international exchange in the construction machinery industry.
"My expectation before I came to XCMG was to get hands-on experience in the engineering field and especially my field - mechanical engineering. And my expectations were met. I'm very happy to be here," said Laiq Shah, a mechanical engineering student from Pakistan.