23.08.2017 | Apprentice camp 2017 - A look back

Full of energy for the Furka railway

Axpo apprentices looked after the Furka railway for a week. Commercial apprentice Selina Peter reports on the experience.

What do commercial clerks, polymechanics, automation specialists, IT specialists, and technicians rarely do? Exactly. Work outside. Last week they performed various maintenance tasks along the nostalgic Furka railway route. "We mainly removed moss along the tracks to prevent the stones from shifting," reports Selina Peter. Under the supervision of the camp leaders they also mowed the grass in the area.

The Furka Railway: A highlight of Swiss history.

Men at Work: Removing moss is one of the main tasks...

...just like the lawn mowing.

Selina Peter (left) and Fabienne Fanti from the municipality of Fislisbach are just as hard working, photographing and reporting about their camp.

Hello! A resident inspects the work of the youth.

There is lunch at the water reservoir.

BBQ everyday: the weather fits.

Full of energy, the apprentices are even in the evening.

Rewards for hard work: riding once with the Furka-Bahn...

...and discover the Rhône glacier.

The highlight for Selina and her colleagues: The Highland Games on the last evening.

Social commitment – everyone wins

For the most part, the Furka railway is maintained by volunteers. The multi-track cogwheel railway is very popular among railroad fans. Owing to the danger of avalanches it cannot be operated in winter. "I am very proud of my work this week," says Selina and adds: "I contributed to maintaining a piece of Swiss history."

Rewards for hard work

"We spent our breaks at the water reservoir," says Selina. "We were also able to barbecue there." On Thursday, the apprentices had an opportunity to take a ride on the famous route and in the evening they competed in so-called highland games, which Selina liked most.

Chef for a week

The week was different for cook Petra Winter. She was promoted to chef and cooked for the group for the entire week. Petra was in charge of everything from shopping to the meals. Selina confirms: "The food was great all week!"

Apprenticeships - at Axpo

Boring? Not at Axpo. Our apprentices experience lots of highlights beyond their training. The apprenticeship camp for second year apprentices is just one example. All the apprenticeship professions come together to work on a common goal: Team work!

More information on Axpo apprenticeships here.

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