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

In November 2014, a total of 33 participants from 11 countries completed the first internal management program training block "value:program" in Neuhofen an der Ybbs.

value:program of voestalpineStage 1 of the so-called value:program is designed for employees who apply current operating resources to support business goals and who are strongly involved in the operative implementation of change management processes but will take on more strategic tasks only in the future. During Stage 1 participants meet for 2 blocks of 10 project days each. The first Stage 1 block was successfully completed in Neuhofen an der Ybbs in November 2014.


Eleven countries. One Group.

A total of 11 countries, including China, Brazil, Austria, Germany, and the USA, were represented on the current course. The international spirit contributed to the excellent atmosphere during the 10 intensive and informative seminar days. Time spent cooking together on the first evening also gave participants the opportunity to get to know one another outside the classroom. Over the following days the participants managed to gain a wider perspective, and work together on tasks relevant to the Group as a whole.


Focus on the voestalpine Group Strategy 2020

Areas covered by the project tasks included the Group Strategy 2020. The goal is to achieve Group targets by clearly focusing on the mobility and energy customer segments, as well as growth markets outside Europe. The participants worked through a wide variety of subject areas in small groups before presenting their conclusions and recommended courses of action. Georg Reiser, Head of Corporate Human Resources, was a special guest at the final presentations.

"The first value:program Stage 1 block was hard work, demanding, fun, informative and interesting. All in all, hugely valuable for both professional and private life, you could say. The best thing was that now I have 32 colleagues more! I’m already looking forward to the second part of the program."
ZitatAlexander Kolar, Head of Customer Service Rolling Stock, Logistik Service GmbH

The intensive working phases, practical exercises, group work, role play, and competitor analysis lightened both the learning process as well as processes within the Group as a whole. But in addition to the intensive working days, a side event was both entertaining and provided a chance to do something different. The visit to a Mostheuriger was a cultural treat, especially for the international participants. The participants will meet again this year during the second block in which they will address subjects including strategy, finance, change management, and personal development.

"The voestalpine value:program was an incredible way to connect with colleagues in other divisions of the company. With such a diverse group of participants, varying approaches to exercises forced insightful participation. "
ZitatDavid DeGroff, Regional Manager – East, Bohler Uddeholm Corp.


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