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Workplace design for an apprentice draftsman


The company is an engineering office with five employees, which operates in the field of structural engineering and is managed by an owner. The company has decided to train a young person with a severe disability.

Disability and impairment of the young person:

The young person has polio. His knee extension and foot elevation are restricted, resulting in a walking disability. He has a degree of disability (GdB) of 80.

Transition from school to vocational training:

The young person has a secondary school leaving certificate (Mittlere Reife). After leaving school, he completed an internship at his current training company (engineering firm). During the internship, the young person was able to convince the owner of his professional and social qualifications for an apprenticeship, so that the owner decided to train the young person as a draughtsman.

Vocational training and workplace:

IT skills and the use of hardware are an important part of vocational training as a draughtsman. A CAD system (hardware) with corresponding software for creating construction drawings was therefore purchased for the trainee's new workplace. Due to his disability, the vocational training trainee was required to adopt a changing posture or working posture, between sitting and standing, when working at the computer workstation. To make this possible, a height-adjustable desk with divided work surfaces, an ergonomic office swivel chair and a standing aid (standing seat) were purchased.

Assistive products used:

Promotion and participation:

The equipment and assistive products for the newly created training workplace were funded by the Integration and Inclusion Office. Advice on design suitable for disabled people was provided by the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration and Inclusion Office

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Last Update: 25 Jun 2024