Marks are given for creativity and skill at work or for professional working under time pressure, respectively
In Germany, as well as in some other European countries, apprentices are required to prove their skills by submitting a hand-crafted piece of their work. To compare the creativity in craftsmanship the competition “The Good Form” (Die Gute Form) has been conceived and is open to young craftsmen and women in Germany up to the age of 27. They need only to submit the practical work at the end of their apprenticeship to a central address where it is subject to critical appraisal in accordance with a set of evaluation criteria.
Among others, these criteria are “creativity in design“ and “material execution“, i.e. creativity and skill.
A first round determines preselected candidates followed by the final round, in which the best of the best are selected.
In addition, there is also the annual performance “Professionals Perform“ (Profis Leisten Was). This is a real contest for the winning title: the applicants have to complete a given practical task within 6 hours. The final selection is held at national level preceded by a pre-selection at the level of the federal states based on the journeymen’s pieces.
The venue for the two competitions was the European Training Center in Wunsiedel. The organizer is the Berufsbildungswerk des Steinmetz- und Bildhauerhandwerks (bbw).
Berufsbildungswerk des Steinmetz- und Bildhauerhandwerks (bbw), German
(17.03.2023, USA: 03.17.2023)