“Sometimes it’s the path to an unexpected career,” Erin Lammers laughs. craft? “I had nothing to do with this at first – at least not officially,” the 55-year-old explains. Having completed her training as a paramedic, her family was the center of her life, as were many women of her generation. “Having children, and raising them, was a very conscious decision,” she looks back. “And it will always be the right decision for me. I am very proud of my three children,” Lohnerin says, referring to the next generation, where her daughter Anne Katherine should make her especially proud, given that she has in the meantime followed the same career path as her mother, being a painter and painter. Maher. They both work together for their mother’s company, Fuxen Steinfeld’s painting company.
“How did you get into painting?” A pause for thought after the question was short: “Finally I got a little bored at home and started wallpapering. Working with something pretty myself in order to create something more beautiful, that was my thing. And when guys tell me they’re wallpapering more than terrified, I’m the opposite Just that: I love him. Maybe also because this job is really easy for me. A natural talent, so to speak,” she sums up her beginnings as a craftsman.
An unusual career begins with a passion for beautiful wallpaper
Speaking of wallpaper: Steinfeld’s master illustrator Gottfried Mohrmann was drawn to the unusual requests made by his client. “It wasn’t often that a woman would buy rolls of wallpaper from him at the store and hang them on the wall herself,” she recalls her former boss. “And even if the wallpaper requests were often a little unusual, my sense of color was probably not the worst, so one day he decided to talk to me. Wouldn’t I like working in his painting workshop? I quickly agreed.”
The promise led her to a craft office and shop in 1995. Her day job was to sell paint, wallpaper, and other items in consultation with clients, and over time, the business for which Irene Lammers was eventually in charge intensified in Moorman. “Anyone who knows a lot wants to know more,” she recalls. The title as Technical Trade Economist and Certificate of Competency Trainer were the first steps in the context of additional in-depth training for “the ability to reasonably conduct business”.
Moorman finally offered her to take over his business, which she “accepted almost without hesitation. After all, I knew the company well.” With the introduction of self-employment in 2005, a master’s course in painting and varnishing became “almost mandatory, although it was unusual to complete it at the age of 40 – especially as a woman”.
After stepping into self-employment, volunteering also increases
Erin Lammers, who had remarried a year earlier and thus renounced her Foxen title, completed the course as the best course in her exams. The very good grade immediately attracted attention in the craft organization. She soon became, and remains today, a member of the Committee for the Examination of Artisans in her job profile in Lower Saxony. As the director of a 12-employee classic painting and polishing company today, membership in the Painters Guild of the Fiesta Craftsmen Guild was not a question for her: “Anyone who wants to achieve something for their profession should organize themselves.” It was clear that she is actively involved in the work of the local association: until 2019 she was the head of her union.
However, one of the most important and influential positions in the honorary position is that of vice-president of the Chamber of Crafts in Oldenburg. She has just chaired the Chamber’s plenary session on behalf of the President. Erin Lammers says the “direct connection to politics” that comes with this situation is very exciting and “not without impact.” So it is a little proud of what professional trading organizations have achieved in recent years. “We have generally modernized the training in the professions and especially the master craftsman’s exams and made them more modern. It is also important that we achieve that every professional craftsman receives a bonus of 4,000 euros. It is free. . We can also take up the issue of equality between master’s degrees and academic training – although That we simply have to sell this equality to young people better, otherwise we will soon have no corporate youth.”
“The girls mix up the team very pleasantly.”Erin Lammers, President of Fuxen Paints in Steinfeld
She is very concerned about the declining number of people interested in training in the trade. The General Assembly has just decided that by the end of May, approximately 23 percent fewer apprenticeship contracts have been concluded in some deals than in 2020. In the Corona pandemic, it has been difficult to address young professionals in skilled trades in the usual way and to the usual extent. “Many of the companies doing the training have had to try this. We couldn’t meet the guys because many work events on the site were canceled.”
Lammers trains at her own company and hires a new intern each year, including freshmen on a regular basis: “The girls really mix things up on the team,” she says. However: “We have not received any response to our training offer recently,” she complains and hopes that “it will soon again become easier for all craftsmen to communicate with young people.” Above all, it is important to maintain the “image of the trade”. To do this, the professions themselves must also move: “We have to draw attention to young people, through sensational advertisements, through social media, which are also used by school leavers. Above all, we have to make it clear that good money can be made in professions. – often as much with academic education.”
“Dear ladies, take advantage of the opportunities we have in Germany!”Erin Lammers
In addition to working for and for her own company, Erin Lammers spends approximately 50 hours a week in her honorary positions. Too much effort “You can’t take it unless it’s fun. And he’s still doing it right now.” In retrospect, would she make the same career decisions in her life again? “Of course.” Any advice from her – especially for women – who want to go “ahead”? “Dear ladies, take advantage of the opportunities we have in Germany! Stay in your job and continue your education. Even if it isn’t always easy to combine work and children.”