For the 10th time, industrial companies in the south of Thuringia show their production processes, their products together one evening a year and allow guided tours through the factory halls. Of course, to attract potential trainees or new specialists, but also to make yourself better known to people in the region.
On a smaller scale, but no less festive, the Chamber of Crafts brings together all of this year's graduates of their master's courses and, together with the Thuringian Minister of Economic Affairs, honors this important step that the mostly young people have "mastered" for their personal advancement as well as for the craft as a whole.
At the end of winter, glass bead lovers gather at the Elias Glassworks in Lauscha once a year to stock up on colorful glass, to talk shop, to demonstrate certain manufacturing techniques and ideas, to swap and buy. And they also come from far away, as the babble of voices in the colored glassworks these days reveals.
Prepared for months, the highlight for the Ilm-Kreis figure skating community at the end of the season fills the Ilmenau ice rink to capacity. And the show delivers what it promises: Led by their experienced trainer, small and large ice princesses and princes conjure up demanding choreographies on the ice and show what is possible with intensive training together.
Lego bricks in all variations are important, but even more important is the inner life, which can be breathed into the constructions via electronic modules. Only functional programs turn the toys into small robots and only those who understand the language of the machines have the chance to reach for the crown of the First Lego League with their team.
Contrary to what is usual when events of a similar kind are organized by chambers, associations or offices, the high school graduates of the Henfling-Gymnasium put their own training fair on their feet in Meiningen. And after a two-year break, the response is huge, both from future trainers or employers and from young people.