It is getting more and more difficult to find young qualified employees, especially with a degree in engineering. The Special Steel Division is trying to remedy this problem with the Young Graduate Program.
This ambitious program was set up in 2009 with the goal of recruiting and promoting promising and mainly technical students from international universities and colleges. The international Young Graduate Program works on the dual education principle. It offers college students the opportunity to receive on-the-job training at Special Steel Division sales and production companies while they are still studying.
Twice a year, the program participants meet for a week at one of the Division’s companies to work together on a selected “case”. This benefits both the young employees and the company where they will be integrated, and also brings added value to the company that prepared the case. This year, following stints at BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik in Austria, Buderus Edelstahl in Germany, the sales companies in Germany and England, and lastly at Uddeholms AB in Sweden, the young graduates returned to Kapfenberg, Austria.
The intensive, cooperative work enables the students to experience part of the company culture: cooperation and trust, getting to know each other, and networking across company boundaries, and integration—as well as more responsibility and a lot of appreciation, such as they recently received in Kapfenberg from Reinhard Nöbauer, Member of the Management Board.