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ÖBB Education Campus and St. Pölten combines long tradition as a training location with state-of-the-art educational infrastructure

ÖBB Education Campus and St. Pölten combines long tradition as a training location with state-of-the-art educational infrastructure
photo: Marek Knopp / ÖBB/ÖBB Education Campus and St. Pölten combines long tradition as a training location with state-of-the-art educational infrastructure
19 / 07 / 2022

In the coming years, about half of all ÖBB employees will retire. It will result in high demand for new, well-trained employees, especially in the area of railway-specific occupational groups, such as dispatchers, shifters, locomotive drivers, and wagon masters. To be optimally prepared for this generational change, ÖBB trains its specialists. By bundling the training at the St. Pölten location, ÖBB is creating an Austria-wide competence center for railroad professions. The investment volume amounts to around EUR 75 million.

Training operations already started at Easter. Yesterday, the ÖBB training campus was officially opened by ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä together with Provincial Councilor Ludwig Schleritzko and St. Pölten's Mayor Matthias Stadler.

Andreas Matthä, CEO ÖBB: "Here at the ÖBB-Bildungscampus, we have succeeded perfectly in creating a link between "tangible" showpieces and model facilities on the one hand and state-of-the-art, digital teaching methods on the other. We combine tradition with modernity, and that is exactly what is needed for excellent vocational training or continuing education."

Provincial Councilor Ludwig Schleritzko: "With the ÖBB training campus, the province of Lower Austria is getting another training center where young and dedicated ÖBB employees are offered an opportunity to further their education and actively help shape the mobility of the future in Lower Austria. Only together can we manage this task. Highly trained specialists are a key to success."

ÖBB / Konrad Kaiser

Mayor Matthias Stadler: "The ÖBB education campus further enhances our provincial capital as an educational location. Here, ÖBB is bundling all railway-specific, education and training courses at a new, modern campus. It will make St. Pölten a training center for the railroad industry, where the range of education is covered from apprenticeships to university studies, as the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences also offers a bachelor's degree program in railroad technology and mobility."

State-of-the-art training standards for the best minds

ÖBB is one of the best employers in Austria and is known as a top training company with a long tradition. The ÖBB training campus is now setting new standards in the railroad education field. Since April, around 550 people have been taught here daily, learning about rail operations in detail. At the St. Pölten site, basic and advanced training for rail-specific professions is provided, as well as a wide range of training courses, such as correct behavior on the tracks.

State-of-the-art educational infrastructure for railroad professions

The ÖBB training campus consists of a seminar wing and an accommodation wing. In the seminar wing, there are 30 seminar rooms and 15 special training rooms with training signal boxes, model facilities, and simulation facilities, as well as administrative rooms. For those course and seminar participants who have to travel further, 240 single rooms with hotel-like facilities are available in the accommodation wing. Recreational and common areas offer the possibility of learning together. While eating or using the sports facilities, new energy can be recharged, and the time can be used for exchange and networking.

ÖBB / Konrad Kaiser

The campus also has:

  • a teaching model hall for the accommodation of large teaching objects (traction units, passenger and freight wagons)
  • a track construction hall consisting of a classroom and a subsequent 120 m long flying roof
  • the outdoor area has 174 car parking spaces, some with e-charging stations and a carpool area (car sharing). 147 bicycle parking spaces, some covered and with e-charging stations
  • quiet zones in park and lawn areas, and various sports fields
  • sustainability at the ÖBB education campus.

A photovoltaic system was installed on the flat roof of the main building, and about 2,000 m² of roof area was greened. The furniture is largely made of wood, a renewable resource. The educational campus is barrier-free and has generous open spaces. A large part of the outdoor areas was landscaped with scattered flower meadows for wild bees and insects. The building is certified according to the klimaaktiv silver standard.

Perfect connection to public transport

For an efficient connection of the ÖBB-Bildungscampus to public transport, the new train stop "St. Pölten Bildungscampus" on the Traisentalbahn was built near the main entrance. It went into operation in April 2022, at the same time as the seminar classes. To ensure a timely arrival in the morning, an additional train from St. Pölten Central Station was scheduled to arrive at the ÖBB-Bildungscampus stop at 7:38 am.

ÖBB / Konrad Kaiser


Source: ÖBB Press Releases