41 new apprentices at Plansee and Ceratizit

This year, 41 young people started their vocational training at Plansee and Ceratizit with a mixture of considerable anticipation and a little nervousness. The future employees were welcomed by the entire Plansee Group training team headed up by Christoph Willmann and school principal Bruno Dengg.

"The pulse is rising" – Stefan Fesl, Head of Human Resources, welcomed all the newcomers to the Plansee Group with an introductory video on apprenticeships produced by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Everyone agrees that apprenticeships represent a successful model for training highly qualified staff for business. The prerequisite for this is young people who are willing to learn. Stefan Fesl emphasized that Plansee and Ceratizit are doing everything in their power to support the newcomers and give them every possible encouragement.

And the Works Council also pledged its full support to the apprentices. Roland Weirather, Chair of the Works Council, thanked the Schwarzkopf family and the management for the big step they had taken in building a new training workshop. He saw this as representing an important milestone in continuing to provide training at the very highest technical level.

Bruno Dengg and Christoph Willmann welcomed the 41 newcomers, who were embarking on their training as metalworking engineers (mechanical engineering and machining), chemical laboratory technicians, materials engineers, process engineers and IT specialists. Bruno Dengg expressed his pride in the large number of applications that had again been received this year. And he was also pleased with the consistently high proportion of young women among the new apprentices (30 percent).

After the "newcomers" had been welcomed on board, it was time to recognize the "old hands": Managing directors Ulrich Lausecker (Plansee SE) and Peter Fink (Ceratizit) congratulated the young skilled workers on successfully completing their final apprenticeship examinations. In addition, the achievements of many apprentices in the 2nd and 3rd year apprentice competitions were honored. The apprentices and their trainers earned a total of 8 silver and 10 gold awards for their performance, and 5 came top in the whole of the state.