Innovative, flexible and smart – Vorarlberg’s industry is also constantly changing. Recently, the “Apprenticeship 4.0 – Vorarlberg Apprenticeship” initiative took place at Hirschmann Automotive in Rankweil. An exchange between 27 apprentices, trainers and supervisors from different companies who have dealt with the advantages and disadvantages of digitisation. And right at the forefront is management consultant Egbert Amann-Ölz. This exchange of experience is intended to serve as a basis for gradually introducing and implementing the apprenticeship of the future in one’s own company. It is important to use synergies and to promote inter-company cooperation as well as to give apprentices a stage, give them freedom to create and treat them as equals.
Reinhard Prasch (Hirschmann Automotive), Head of Apprentice Training, recognises the importance of this meeting: “Only together can we succeed in expanding the market!” After several workshops on digitisation and automation, the participants were invited on a tour of the plant with a focus on the training workshop. Markus Ganahl (COO Hirschmann Automotive) “grew up with digitisation” and sees Industry 4.0 as an essential part of the future. “In the first step, we are talking about a ‘smart factory'”, Ganahl explains. “Of course, we’re also thinking about digitisation in the administrative areas.” He notes that it is critical to consider processes that add value. Once man and machine are properly linked, smart products can be manufactured more efficiently and productively. Measures have already been taken for this at Hirschmann Automotive. The process engineering apprenticeship has been newly created and the number of electrical engineering apprentices doubled compared with the previous year.