Apprentices from Krems on practical work experience in Belgium 2 minutes spent reading

Apprentices from Krems on practical work experience in Belgium

Christopher Eberl
Holds editorial responsibility for career topics and for the apprentice website. His stories offer insights into the world of work at voestalpine.

Benjamin Pfeiffer and David Zach, both apprentices at voestalpine in Krems, completed an 3-week work placement abroad at voestalpine Sadef nv in Belgium.

On November 13 the two apprentices Benjamin Pfeiffer and David Zach set off for Belgium, looking forward to a career adventure at voestalpine Sadef nv. It promised to be an exciting and educational 3 weeks.

Part of the team right from the start

The voestalpine apprentices were warmly welcomed at the beginning of their first day, and were introduced to the company with an extensive tour of the plant. The two up-and-coming employees were impressed, and looked forward to being assigned to the departments in which they would spend a week at a time. In the Nieuwbouw department, comparable to the mechanical workshop at voestalpine Krems GmbH, Benjamin Pfeiffer and David Zach assembled new removable disks for the production lines. Working together with the ‘new colleagues’ was not only fun, but above all instructive and varied. The apprentices felt themselves to be a valued part of a large team right from the start.

In addition to the practical tasks, the voestalpine apprentices also became acquainted with numerous workflows and machines.

Exploring a new country

During their work experience in Belgium the two apprentices not only acquired technical skills, they also had the chance to explore a new country and its culture. In their leisure time they tried many local specialties, toured cities including Ghent, Bruges, and Yper, and visited museums. On their last evening voestalpine Sadef nv invited Benjamin Pfeiffer and David Zach to dinner and go-kart racing. Both apprentices felt at home in Belgium with their voestalpine colleagues, and thanked everyone for being such good hosts.

Christopher Eberl