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Rabmer focuses on apprenticeship training despite the crisis

The ongoing corona crisis poses an enormous challenge for many Austrians across all social and age groups. The Rabmer Group, which specializes in environmental technology and construction technology, is maintaining its focus on training in these difficult times. While the number of apprenticeships in Austria is declining, even more young people started an apprenticeship at Rabmer in 2020 than in the previous year. In addition, three apprentices completed their training with distinction.  

(Altenberg, January 14, 2021.) The past year was not an easy one for young people in Austria. The impact of the pandemic on the training sector is particularly evident in the number of new apprentices. According to the Chamber of Commerce, there were 31,989 in 2020, 5.6 percent fewer than in 2019, despite the apprenticeship bonus and the surge in inter-company apprenticeship training[1].

However, apprenticeships were not cut everywhere. For example, the Rabmer Group, based in Altenberg near Linz, took on more apprentices than before the crisis - an important step towards the future, both for the young people and for the company itself. "Well-trained employees are the basis for the company's success. Apprentice training is therefore very important to us," explains Managing Director Ulrike Rabmer-Koller. "By training apprentices, we ensure that we have our own young skilled workers and offer young people from the surrounding area a varied and secure job. A career with an apprenticeship is not just a slogan at Rabmer - we live it every day. Many of our managers started with an apprenticeship at the company and then continued to develop their skills. That's why we also focus on continuous training and personal development."

Future-oriented training during the crisis

"We make every effort to train our young employees in the best possible way and to support them so that they stay with the company even after they have successfully completed their training," continues Ulrike Rabmer-Koller. "Supporting and integrating young people into the Rabmer team is particularly important to us. In addition to trainers, the apprentices are also supported by mentors - most of whom are newly qualified skilled workers. The apprentices can ask them for advice at eye level."

In addition, young people are motivated with goodies for good grades in their school reports. Excellent grades are rewarded with vouchers, smartphones or payment for a driving license course. The company celebrated three such excellent apprenticeship qualifications in 2020. Ulrike Rabmer-Koller is delighted and congratulated Michael Schwabegger (apprenticeship as a carpenter), Jakob Raber (construction & agricultural machinery technician) and Lukas Grasböck (bricklayer) together with Head of Structural Engineering Alfred Luxner and Managing Director of RR Holzbau Gottfried Riener for this outstanding achievement.

[1] Companies took on fewer apprentices in 2020 (apa.at)

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Rabmer Managing Director Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Head of Structural Engineering Alfred Luxner, RR Managing Director Gottfried Riener with apprentices Michael Schwabegger, Jakob Raber, Lukas Grasböck