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BREAKING: ÖBB, Deutsche Bahn and SNCF cooperate in cross-border apprentice exchange program

BREAKING: ÖBB, Deutsche Bahn and SNCF cooperate in cross-border apprentice exchange program
photo: Elena Azzalini/ÖBB/BREAKING: ÖBB, Deutsche Bahn and SNCF cooperate in cross-border apprentice exchange program
23 / 06 / 2022

What has so far been the preserve of schoolchildren and students is soon to be made possible for young railroad workers from Austria, Germany and France. To gain valuable professional experience and unforgettable memories during a stay abroad as part of their training, ÖBB, Deutsche Bahn and SNCF cooperate in a cross-border apprentice exchange program.

Focus on rail apprentices throughout Europe

This has now been promised at a two-day conference of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA), the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), BMK and ÖBB in Vienna. An agreement is envisaged whereby apprentices can be exchanged between companies for defined training modules. About 100 high-ranking experts from all over Europe discussed the future challenges and shared their own experiences of vocational education and training in the railroad sector.

A promising future in the context of climate protection

As host, ÖBB Infrastruktur opened the doors of the Vienna Hebbelplatz apprentice workshop on the first day, where apprentices gave exciting insights into their training. On the 2nd day of the conference, the three focal points "Digital and green apprenticeships", "Gender equality in training" and "Mobility and transnational cooperation" were focused on in working groups and ideas for the future were subsequently elaborated.

"For a sustainable mobility turnaround in terms of climate protection, ÖBB is doubling the performance of our railroads in Austria by 2040. To achieve this, we need well-trained skilled workers and rely heavily on our apprenticeship training. With two new green jobs, "Electrical engineering - energy technology" as well as "Refrigeration plant technology". in our range of apprenticeships, digitalization in training, with diversity in staff, and the targeted promotion of girls and women, we want to achieve our goal," emphasizes Silvia Angelo, Director of the Board of Management, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG.

"I was particularly pleased that we placed a focus on the topic of 'girls and young women in technology. This allowed us to learn from each other how we can continue to inspire girls and young women for technical professions. With the upcoming generational shift, we need more skilled workers, which means we also need more female colleagues. We are already on the right track in our apprenticeship training - our guests at the training workshop at Hebbelplatz were able to see this for themselves," says Ursula Bazant, Head of Training and Further Education at ÖBB Infrastruktur AG.


Source: ÖBB Press Releases


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