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Conclusion of the Young Professional Training Program in China & Launch of the Early Career Program in North America

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

After the positive experiences and strong demand in China, voestalpine is now launching an additional training program in North America for a selected group of employees.

Since 2015, talent from the voestalpine companies in China have had the opportunity to take part in the three-part Young Professional Training Program China. This opportunity has been met with an eager response. The program has now been conducted three times in all, and 110 young professionals have taken part. During the sessions, participants received beneficial insights into the voestalpine Group along with concrete, target-oriented training conducted by external and in-house experts. The objective of the program beyond increasing expertise is also establishing a network among the participating colleagues—some of whom meet each other for the first time during the training. A tour of the Ningxia Kocel Steel Foundry, a voestalpine joint venture, also took place at the final module in Yinchuan.

Onward to North America!

In fall 2017, a training program tailored specifically to the region was launched in North America. And for good reason, as the NAFTA region is the second largest growth market after China for voestalpine. Yet growth in the US, Canada, and Mexico is sought after not only in terms of market share but also in the sense of identification and the feeling of solidarity of the colleagues in the North American Group companies. The Early Career Program is an important step in reaching this goal. Thirty eight North American colleagues are participating.

Three modules for one program

The Early Career Program consists of three modules. The focus of the first module (in November in Atlanta, Georgia) is on the structure, strategy, and the products of voestalpine, along with the topics of compliance and voestalpine’s positioning in the North American market. The second module in January in Corpus Christi, Texas, will be devoted to improving communication and presentation skills. The third module in February/March in Chicago, Illinois, will continue with training sessions on topics like project management and negotiations. Interesting tours of the local voestalpine plants, professional exchanges among participants, and team building exercises round out the program modules.

Christopher Eberl