Winner of the sustainability award Trigos Austria 2017 in the category “Best partnership – international engagement”
In our global program we focused on the improvement of technical vocational training. The goal was to offer demand-oriented vocational training in order to improve young people’s qualifications on the job market, since especially this group is disproportionately affected by unemployment in emerging countries. At the same time, demand of companies for skilled workers is growing. Thus, the program has benefited both sides: society and companies.
Tailored to the needs of two locations – Eskisehir, Turkey, and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico – and together with local partners as well as the Austrian development organization ICEP, technical vocational training programs were developed or improved and integrated in existing structures.
The Austrian Development Agency supported the 3-year project in cooperation with the Austrian Development Bank by funding 50% of the project costs. The local stakeholders carry on the activities also after the project duration, which ensures sustainability.
Youth Employability Program in Mexiko
At our production site in Ramos Arizpe we set up dual training programs for electricians, toolmakers and mechatronics technicians. The lead cooperation partner was the Mexican employers’ association Coparmex. The training program lasts three years, the first year is accomplished at school, followed by two years of practical training at companies. Graduates receive a qualification officially recognized by the Mexican Ministry of Education. Also teachers from vocational schools receive training and master craftsmen from companies are trained as internal instructors.
The first pilot course was launched in 2013 with 68 apprentices in 11 companies, 4 of them were employed at our company. In the year 2014 93 apprentices, in autumn 2015 87 apprentices started the training. In total, 23 companies and 248 apprentices were involved in the program in Ramos Arizpe and Saltillo during the project duration of three years. In addition, 36 teachers and 84 instructors were trained.
Experience shows that the project contributed significantly to the implementation of a demand-based dual vocational training program. Through their practical training at companies, young people gained skills which increase their chances on the job market. At the same time, companies also benefit from training their prospective skilled workers.
The activities are carried on by the local stakeholders after the project end. The fourth course in autumn 2016 with 108 new apprentices was a strong signal on the sustainability of the measures. The program was also regarded as a best practice example and has already been expanded by further courses and to other federal states in Mexico.
Youth Employability Program in Turkey
At our production site in Eskisehir, Turkey, we strengthened the theoretical and practical training of pupils as industrial mechanics and industrial electricians by integrating the industry. The Turkish foundation TEGEV acted as lead partner and cooperated closely with other partners such as the local industrial association and vocational high schools.
In addition to the improvement of curricula, the skills of teachers and internal instructors were also strengthened to better adjust the requirements of theory and practice to one another.
The technical training of pupils in Turkey lasts four years. Three years are spent at school, followed by one year of practice as internship at a company. One of the most difficult tasks of the project was to improve the practical experience of the students. For the first time, 82 11th grade students were taught by teachers and company instructors as part of a pilot course. A new approach in Turkey, since dual training has no tradition there. At the site in Eskişehir, 36 students were accepted as apprentices.
For further information on the Youth Employability Program please have a look at our information folder.