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RCG apprentice training goes international


The international orientation of the Rail Cargo Group (RCG) is proceeding rapidly. For the freight division of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), this transport expansion, which has now extended as far as Asia, also means raising the standard of training for its youngest employees to international levels. The exemplary RCG apprentice training programme, which now extends beyond national borders, recently found an appreciative wider audience at the "European Vocational Skills Week" in Brussels. At the invitation of the European Commission, RCG's Head of Apprentice Training, Franz Heissenberger, presented the "RCG European weeks for apprentices" project as best practice as part of a lecture series.

Learning modules of the future

Over 1,800 experts from all over Europe attended the "European Vocational Skills Week" in Brussels in order to discuss future issues pertaining to the training of young people and to define principles for other EU projects extending beyond 2020. Franz Heissenberger presented RCG's multiple award-winning flagship project, which offers young talents the opportunity to spend up to 12 weeks living and learning at one of RCG's subsidiaries in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, or Italy under the banner of "Open Borders - Open Minds". This programme is expanded every year and repeatedly sets new trends. Within this framework, it's not only the technical training of its apprentices that's important for RCG, but also the targeted cultivation of creativity, communication, digital understanding, international cooperation and the ability to think critically - these educational building blocks of the future are imparted to the aspiring logistics specialists by such means as additional training modules, project work and field trips.

Above all, the internationally oriented RCG training system, but also the experience and projects of many other European countries were rated very highly by the numerous technical experts present. Their insights and project findings will now flow into the future planning of the European educational landscape, thereby shaping the big picture for skilled workers of the future in Europe. The "European Vocational Skills Week" is regarded as a great initiative, and RCG will be attending it again soon in 2018, when the Skills Week will be held in Vienna. 

Apprentices wanted

For the start of the training year in September 2018, RCG is currently searching again throughout Austria for 30 new apprentices to learn the freight forwarding trade. Candidates seeking to start a career in the global logistics market can not only expect to receive well-founded apprenticeship training; they will also benefit from additional offerings including the RCG Language Academy, the RCG European weeks and job rotation. Application information and documents can be found online on the ÖBB careers page.