Berndorf’s Apprenticeship Workshops prepared a selection of hands-on activities for the young visitors to this year’s Kindertag der Industrie (children’s day of industry)

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.