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"Spätschicht 2021" at BIRKENSTOCK in Görlitz

This year’s open house of the largest production site of the BIRKENSTOCK Group in Görlitz was a great success! Within the framework of the regional event “Spätschicht” (“evening shift”), around 100 visitors took the opportunity to learn more about the production of the world-famous sandals, to get to know the company and to even become part of the BIRKENSTOCK family as trainees in the future.

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SPÄTSCHICHT 2021: a peek behind the scenes of BIRKENSTOCK’s production site in Görlitz

On 05 November 2021, companies in the region around Görlitz once again opened their doors to the public: within the framework of the Spätschicht (“evening shift”) event, Germany’s largest shoe manufacturer welcomed visitors to its central production site in Görlitz – needless to say, all in compliance with the applicable coronavirus regulations. Around 100 visitors took the opportunity to not only learn more about the production processes of the popular sandals with the legendary footbed but also about the various possibilities to join the largest private employer of the Upper Lusatia region as a trainee or an employee.

In cooperation with the municipal economic development offices of Görlitz, Weißwasser, Zittau and Ebersbach-Neugersdorf, BIRKENSTOCK, as one of 37 companies, once again took part in the so-called companies’ open house. The concept: specialists from various companies answer all kinds of questions about employment opportunities and traineeships – and visitors are allowed to peek behind the scenes. The event was brought into being for pupils, university students, job seekers and everyone living in the region.

For BIRKENSTOCK, the event was a welcome opportunity to recruit young talents: the largest BIRKENSTOCK site trains young people to become mechatronics engineers, electricians and shoemakers. In view of the company’s strong growth, BIRKENSTOCK is not only constantly on the lookout for new employees joining the production team but also for qualified skilled workers such as mechanics, mechatronics engineers and other technicians. 

Information on current trainee positions and other vacancies can be found on the company's career pages

About BIRKENSTOCK

BIRKENSTOCK is a global lifestyle brand with a heritage in iconic footwear, rooted in the creation of the BIRKENSTOCK footbed. The brand that can be traced as far as 1774 is guided by the notion of quality and function in all its actions and across all categories. The concept of all-round wellbeing is developed into footwear, sleeping systems and natural cosmetics, increasingly translating the lifestyle vision of the brand heritage.

With around 5,500 employees worldwide, this traditional, sixth-generation family-run business is also one of the German footwear industry’s biggest employers. BIRKENSTOCK was already using the term “footbed” in the 1910s, giving it the meaning which is commonly understood by consumers all over the world to this day – as a synonym for outstanding comfort when walking and standing. By the early 1970s, BIRKENSTOCK had become a global player. Since 2021, the company is majority owned by L Catterton, the world's largest growth investor focused on the consumer goods industry, and Financière Agache, a holding company controlled by Agache, the holding company of the Arnault family.

Manufactured in Germany, the sandals are sold in more than 100 countries on all continents. BIRKENSTOCK also has a growing range of closed shoes, children’s shoes, and occupational footwear, as well as specialist products for orthopedic retailers, socks, bags, and belts. In 2017, BIRKENSTOCK added sleep systems and natural cosmetics (BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE) to its portfolio of products. BIRKENSTOCK has 16 sites in Germany, in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Bavaria, and Saxony. The long-standing enterprise also operates its own sales offices in the United States and Canada as well as in Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Dubai and India.

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