First Apprentices Start Training at Engel in Shanghai
Engel Austria, Schwertberg, has exported the Austrian model of dual vocational training to China and started the training of apprentices at its large-scale machine facility in Shanghai, China.
Over the next four years, Engel Machinery Shanghai will train ten young men as CNC technicians. “We are expanding rapidly in China, where we always have a high demand for skilled workers,” points out Dr. Peter Neumann, CEO of Engel Holding. “Finding qualified staff in China can be difficult, though, because in many areas their state education does not measure up to our high requirements. That's why we took the decision to set up our own training programme in China as well.”
In contrast to most other apprentices in China, Engel trainees gain a thorough practical grounding on the job from the first year onwards, and receive payment. Engel designed the new training workshop along the lines of its workshop at the company headquarters in Schwertberg, Austria, which has attracted national awards; the new facility is similarly equipped with state-of-the-art machinery. The trainers themselves were trained in Austria. Trainees are now undergoing 12 weeks of practical training and six weeks of classroom instruction alternately. At the end they receive a qualification equivalent to the Austrian standard that is recognized in both China and Europe.
In setting up a dual vocational training programme, Engel is emerging as a pioneer in China. The producer of injection molding machines has put in place the infrastructure necessary for this together with partner firm Alpla Werke A. Lehner GmbH & Co. KG of Hard in Austria. With the support of the Austrian Institute for Economic Promotion (WIFI International) and the foreign trade organisation of the Economic Chamber, the two companies viewed various training facilities around Shanghai before finding the ideal partner in the Shanghai Information Technology College (SITC). The SITC is already running a special class devoted to the theoretical training of prospective CNC technicians. Apprentices completed general preparatory subjects at college before beginning their practical training with Engel and Alpla.
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