For KEBA, investing in apprenticeships today means training the skilled workers of tomorrow.

With a new apprenticeship in application development - coding to combat the shortage of skilled workers

Currently, 58 apprentices are being trained in six apprenticeship professions at KEBA Group AG in Austria. Overall, the number of apprentices at the Linz-based automation specialist has doubled compared to three years ago with the new starters in September 2023.

While the focus in the past was primarily on the apprenticeships in electronics and office management, since 2020 the new apprenticeship in application development - coding has been an important step towards the future: with in-house training in STEM professions, the company wants to counteract the shortage of skilled workers that is particularly pronounced in this area.

Apprenticeship application development - coding

The apprenticeship in application development - coding has only been available in Austrian companies since 2018. The career prospects for graduates are excellent, as the demand for qualified personnel in the IT sector is constantly increasing. With a completed apprenticeship, it is possible to work as a programmer, software developer, IT technician or application developer.

"In the last few months, we have received more than 60 applications for the application development coding apprenticeship alone," says Daniela Drasl, apprentice manager at KEBA. "We are very pleased about the great interest, because as an innovative company in the automation sector, we will need precisely these skilled workers in the future. Thanks to committed colleagues who take care of the supervision, we can now train a total of eight apprentices in this area as well as two in the IT systems technology apprenticeship."

Special onboarding for apprentices

Due to their young age, apprentices need a different introduction to the company than more experienced employees. Daniela Drasl explains how KEBA addresses the needs of young people: "Our apprentices start with an onboarding programme specially tailored to them, in which they receive four months of input on a wide variety of topics related to working for us in seminars and workshops." In addition to the technical training, KEBA does not forget about social components, for example through joint excursions, own confidants or a health day where the apprentices deal with the topics of nutrition, psyche and addiction.

In another respect, however, it is important to KEBA not to make a distinction for apprentices: "We attach great importance to immediately accepting our apprentices as full members of the teams and integrating them well into the work processes," explains Gerhard Luftensteiner, CEO of the KEBA Group. "Working together as equals and giving our apprentices responsibility as well as creative freedom at an early stage is appreciated by the young people and is in line with the values of many young employees "Why apprenticeships at KEBA are so popular is also due to our low-hierarchy organisational structure, in which everyone can contribute their strengths and skills," adds Daniela Drasl.

"Training young people well and also supporting them personally is particularly important to us at KEBA."

Daniela Drasl
People, Culture & Structure bei KEBA
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