That’s how Steen Andersen, Team Coordinator at Blaaholm, tells. Back in the fall he presented a large assignment to our apprentice Mads. He needed to produce a jib crane that can lift 500 kg and the crane needs to be used in the workshop at our steel storage.
“I was really overwhelmed by the assignment, and it was with nervousness and jittering hands that I started,” tells Mads who is 19 years old and halfway through his education as a blacksmith.
Today a yellow approved jib crane stands nicely in our steel storage, produced by Mads! Just 4 weeks was the total production time.
Steen is very proud of Mads. “Mads has solved the assignment very well. He found the steel in our storage, processed it and done the welding from the technical specifications. He solved challenges that occurred by getting help from his colleagues.”
The Blaaholm blacksmith team has also showed their strength in the process, when they each have supported Mads in the work with the crane. “Martin Mortensen is good at problem solving, so he supported me. On the welding Torben Klaaby helped me and Per Slot has supported me during the assembly,” Mads tells.
We ask Mads what he specially has learned from the project. He smiles and tells, “I have learned the hard way that precise measurements are crucial. I had to redo some things, because I did some bad measurements in the beginning. When you personally do the assembly, you find the flaws. That has been important learning for me. And I have gained confidence with the project.”
The project has moved Mads in a positive direction, exactly as Steen had planned. “Mads has taken ownership and show responsibility. I can already see in the next projects, that Mads has developed a lot. We get some very good apprentices that way. We challenge them gradually in their apprenticeship, and it’s amazing to see how they develop both personally and professionally.”