Vienna/Berndorf (9 July 2018) – Over 1,500 children and young people flocked to the 6th Kindertag der Industrie (KIDI), held at Haus der Industrie on Schwarzenbergplatz in Vienna. The BSG Apprenticeship Workshops’ activity stand, designed by four first-year Berndorf apprentices, was a great hit with the visitors, who were aged between five and 14 years old.
Under the supervision of apprenticeship workshops head Dieter Peley, the trainees gave the visitors to KIDI a taste of what working on the shop floor at a modern industrial company is all about at four different workstations tailored to their age group. Peley commented: “We focused on proving information on the key skills needed to work in the electrical, mechanical and welding engineering occupations that we provide apprenticeships in.” Berndorf AG Management Board Member Franz Viehböck opened the Berndorf stand by welcoming the guests and introducing the Berndorf Group.
The rush for the Berndorf workstations could then begin. The chance to roll up their sleeves and try out a range of metalworking tasks went down extremely well with the visitors. The goal of giving them an enjoyable, informative and hands-on introduction to the kind of careers that are possible at Berndorf companies was certainly achieved. Dieter Peley thanked his young team of helpers: “Our mechanical engineering apprentice Sophie Skobek, electrical engineering apprentices Florian Riegler and Philip Reischer, and process engineering apprentice Matteo Freddio did a fantastic job. We answered lots of the visitors’ questions about the length and structure of the apprenticeships as well as career prospects.”
31 exhibitors attended KIDI this year, an event which Berndorf AG regularly participates in. Regine Midder, HR manager of the Berndorf AG, as well as the group’s team of trainers value the opportunity it gives them to meet potential new apprentices in person. BSG Apprenticeship Workshops attended the exhibition – which was jointly hosted by the Federation of Austrian Industries, Wissensfabrik Austria and Science Pool – as part of its year-round programme of information activities. This continues in autumn with appearances at several career events for young people in Lower Austria.
BERNDORF – (2 May 2018) Young female visitors at a relatively new event designed to get girls interested in technology-based career paths – all part of a strong tradition in Berndorf. On 26 April, a group of 17 students from Neue Mittelschule Berndorf attended Girls’ Day at the Berndorf Apprentice Workshops, which was organised by Berndorf Sondermaschinenbau (BSG) this year.
“We can see that there is a high level of interest: each year, more and more girls are coming to us to get a taste of a technical career in industry,” confirmed Dieter Peley, head of the Berndorf Apprentice Workshops. With the support of his male and female apprentices, he prepared and hosted the Girls’ Day in Berndorf for the fourth time, creating a memorable experience for everyone involved.
The young female visitors were given an insight into a range of industrial trades, from mechatronic engineer to lathe operator – all of which can be learned at the Berndorf Apprentice Workshops, including a school leaver’s certificate qualification if required. The girls were given the opportunity to put their practical skills to the test and find out more about the role of computers and IT in the metal processing industries. Dieter Peley believes that the event successfully addressed some of the misgivings surrounding a tech career: “In some cases I think we managed to foster a real enthusiasm for a more ‘exotic’ career path!”
Because one in two Austrian apprentices initially only has a choice of three different career paths, Berndorf AG Supervisory Board Member Sonja Zimmermann is pinning her hopes on this fresh wave of enthusiasm, having spoken to various participants at this year’s Girls’ Day: “In actual fact, there are more than 200 career paths open to apprentices. The career choices that each person makes become more informed as more knowledge and understanding feeds into the decision-making process. I really appreciate the important contribution that our BSG team and current apprentices have made towards achieving this through the Girl’s Day event.”
BERNDORF – Past and present international success stories from the Berndorf Group show that the combination of groundbreaking technology and an innovative spirit to create an effective driving force helps to lay the foundations for a flourishing and enduring business model. But how can the necessary parameters for innovation be brought to life on stage concisely and yet expressively so that they are understood worldwide? This was the question facing this year’s 16 graduates from the ninth Berndorf Academy intake as they prepared their final presentation.
“Berndorf racing team” on the Academy stage
The highly convincing and articulate answer that the team came up with for their stage presentation grabbed the attention of the audience, which consisted of members of the Berndorf AG Management and Supervisory Boards, as well as management board members from Berndorf’s subsidiaries. Just as the perfect allocation of tasks enables a pit crew to get a Formula One car back out onto the track, the Berndorf Academy participants recreated an F1 car step-by-step in the various parts of the presentation.
Just as Formula One is powered by innovation, the formula for success for Berndorf’s innovative brand took shape in the course of the presentation. Deceptively realistic staged interviews with motor sport greats such as FIA boss Jean Todt, safety delegate Charlie Whiting and racing icon Mark Webber brought the “Berndorf AG Racing Team” into sharper focus. Finally, the Academy team highlighted their proposals for optimising Berndorf’s innovation parameters by acting out a conversation with former world champion Niki Lauda, who is well known for his sharp analysis.
About the Berndorf Academy
The Berndorf Academy was launched in 2009. The aim of the multi-module part-time development programme for talented employees is to give them detailed hands-on experience of Berndorf’s management culture. Around 150 employees of Berndorf group companies have taken part in the programme since it was set up.
My name is Tamara Lechner and I study process engineering at TU Wien. I found out about the programme through my high-school chemistry teacher. Ultimately, I chose this area because it brings together the fundamentals of technical chemistry and machine engineering. As the course progressed I developed a particular interest in thermodynamics, material technology and energy technology. My hobbies include reading fantasy novels and computer games, as well as sports such as inline skating and skiing to recharge my batteries after all the brainwork.
I applied for the Berndorf talent programme so that I can pick up practical experience of working at a company during my master’s degree as a direct complement to all the theory we learn at the university. I started at Aichelin in Mödling in November 2017. During the initial training phase I was given various small tasks to complete, which made it easier for me to find out more about the company’s equipment and processes. After that, I was assigned a small project which started with theoretical calculations before I went on to participate in real-life technical measurements. I have been working independently on a larger project since February: revising mechanical dimensioning tools used at Safed’s plants.
I am on course to complete my studies on schedule in 2019. My goal is to work in process engineering, where I want to focus on the exciting new challenges facing the segment.
The talent programme gives me the opportunity to build up an insight into my prospective future career, as well as the flexibility needed to progress with and complete my studies on time.
BERNDORF, 20 March 2018 – Berndorf Sondermaschinenbau (BSG) and Volksschule Berndorf primary school had a special career-themed project in store for the school’s fourth years this March. Over three consecutive days, 35 girls and boys in their final year visited the company’s production facilities to see for themselves what metalworking is all about. The aim of the joint educational project, which was sponsored by the Berndorf Private Foundation, was to raise awareness of apprenticeships for jobs in industry.
Volksschule Berndorf primary school and the BSG Apprenticeship Workshops worked together to plan a school project on the theme of metal for the first time in 2014. So this was the second visit to BSG by school pupils in four years. Head of the BSG Apprenticeship Workshops Dieter Peley commented: “The reactions were very positive. The pupils were only ten years old, but they were able to form a good initial impression on their tour around our facilities, and tried out skills like filing, grinding and polishing, as well as a simple soldering exercise.”
A change of scenery – and reaping the rewards
The pupils enjoyed the novelty of the hands-on morning in a year in which many of them will have to make their first choices about school types and career directions. The initiative means the BSG Apprenticeship Workshops can support pupils in their decision-making and create a positive impression. Dieter Peley was pleased to have already achieved some success: “Some of the kids who came to the first metalworking orientation morning we held four years ago have now signed up for an apprenticeship taster course with us.”
Apprenticeships in Austria have grown in popularity once again after a long period of stagnation. In 2017 the number of first-year apprentices grew by about six percent in Lower Austria. A positive trend, which this Berndorf Private Foundation initiative confirms. Sonja Zimmerman, Chairwoman of the foundation’s board of trustees, said: “Investing in the education of our children is an important investment in Austria’s future. When it comes to science and technology in particular, primary schools are often failing to include the kinds of activities that will awaken kids’ curiosity in these fascinating subjects. This is why the Berndorf Private Foundation is supporting Volksschule Berndorf’s science project days.”