Berndorf trainee takes prize as only female winner in province’s industry apprentice competition

(from left) Dieter Peley, Daniela Riegler, Bernhard Gschießl Picture: Wirtschaftskammer Niederösterreich

ST. PÖLTEN/BERNDORF (16 July 2017) – The BSG Apprenticeship Workshops team had good reason to celebrate this summer. Daniela Riegler, who has almost completed her machining apprenticeship at the Berndorf AG training facility, won the Metal category of this year’s provincial industry apprentice competition staged by the Lower Austria Economic Chamber in St. Pölten.

A total of 119 female and male apprentices from 36 companies entered in 2017, and the young Berndorfer was the only female to win one of the eight categories. Not only does this represent a great personal achievement for 20-year-old Daniela, it also underlines the success of the approach Berndorf has been taking for several years now.

Berndorf committed to technical training for women
In 2016, BSG was one of 48 Austrian companies that received recognition for a commitment to training women in technical or skilled crafts and trades with an amaZone Award. Apprenticeship Workshops head Dieter Peley commented: “A machining apprenticeship lasts for three and a half years. Daniela is now the second young woman to successfully complete an industry apprenticeship in a technical profession at Berndorf.” And this most recent achievement has resulted in further success. Another female apprentice is starting a technical apprenticeship in mechanical engineering at Berndorf’s Apprenticeship Workshops this year.

Overall, Lower Austria offers good opportunities for apprenticeship training. Berndorf, with its Apprenticeship Workshops, is an example of the one in four industrial enterprises in the province that train apprentices themselves. One in seven of Austria’s 2,200 industrial apprentices is being trained by a Lower Austrian company.