World Skills and Skills Austria have proven ...

November 2017

... that dual training is one of the "winning formulas" for the protection of Austria's industrial locations.The results of the World Skills Competition are obvious: with 40 participants who joined the competition that took place in Abu Dhabi, the Austrian Team has succeeded in winning 4 gold medals, 3 silver medals, 4 bronze medals and 16 "Medals for Excellence" in 36 disciplines.

In order to obtain permission to participate, competitors have to obtain qualifications at the National Championship that takes place every 2 years at BIM in Salzburg. One might say that "after World Skills is before World Skills", because the preparations for the next National Championship have already begun.

For many years, EMCO has been participating with machines made available especially for the championship. Using the EMCOTURN E45 turning centres, the young candidates -
who must not be older than 22 - can prove their skills in the discipline of turning. Speed, accuracy and dexterity in turning are the three decisive criteria for obtaining the ticket to the next World Skills. EMCO has been a convinced cooperation partner of Skills Austria for many years. It was only recently that EMCO stressed the importance of in-house vocational training by the inauguration of a new training workshop. With an investment amount of EUR 1 million, ideal conditions
for theoretical and practical training have been created in a total area of 700 m² for the 17 technical apprentices trained at the Hallein location to become metal technicians, toolmaking technicians, mechatronics engineers or machining technicians.With its modular training concept involving machines, software, courseware and counselling, EMCO has been focusing on international training and further education of skilled workers in metal processing for 35 years.

To EMCO, the promotion and high-quality training which young employees can benefit from is both an opportunity and an obligation. A successful development of Austria as an industrial
location depends on our succeeding in recruiting suitable employees for the increasingly exacting activities in the metalworking industry and in training them under optimum conditions.