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The training of apprentices and young skilled workers has traditionally had a high priority in the voestalpine Group. As of the reporting date of March 31, 2016, 1,377 apprentices were being trained in 50 different vocations; the majority of the apprentices (81.9%) are being trained at 39 locations in Austria and Germany under the dual system.
As a result of their efficient, needs-oriented training, 100% of the young workers who have completed their apprenticeship successfully are hired as permanent employees.

Facts and figures on the training of apprentices:

  • 37.6% of all apprentices are being trained outside of Austria.
  • voestalpine invests EUR 70,000 per apprentice participating in the three- or four-year training program.
  • The third voestalpine Group Apprentice Day took place in Linz in October 2015, with 380 apprentices participating.
  • For the apprenticeship year beginning in 2016/17, about 400 new apprenticeship positions are available in Austria and Germany.
  • In Austria and Germany, 96.6% of the apprentices who took their final examination in the last business year passed.
  • Of the Austrian graduates of the apprenticeship program, 67.6% passed their final examination with the grade “good” or “excellent.”


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Apprentice training in the USA
voestalpine Automotive Body Parts implements a dual program for young skilled workers

In Georgia, USA, voestalpine has set up a dual training program to qualify young people for technical professions in order to cover the need for young skilled workers.
The automotive supplier voestalpine Automotive Body Parts has created a two-and-one-half-year program jointly with the Bartow County College & Career Academy that provides both theoretical and practical training. It has now been officially certified as an apprentice training program by the Department of Labor. After completing the dual training, the graduates receive the title of “Industrial Manufacturing Technician.”
Currently, eight young people are being trained. In contrast to German-speaking regions, the USA does not have a nationwide standardized training program for skilled workers. The program in Georgia is based on the voestalpine companies that run apprenticeship programs in Austria and Germany and on the educational program of Austrian and German vocational schools.

US delegation visits the training center in Linz

On July 14, 2016, a delegation from Georgia headed by Sandra Deal, the governor’s wife, visited the voestalpine headquarters in Linz. The main items on their agenda were a presentation of the dual training system in Austria and a visit of the training center in Linz that highlighted its special features. At the end of the visit, the delegation had the opportunity to speak with former apprentices about their career plans.

About voestalpine

The voestalpine Group is a steel-based technology and capital goods group that operates worldwide. With its top-quality products, the Group is one of the leading partners to the automotive and consumer goods industries in Europe and to the oil and gas industries worldwide.


50 Countries on all 5 continents
500 Group companies and locations
48,500 Employees worldwide

Earnings FY 2015/16

€ 11.1 Billion


€ 1.6 Billion


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