Trostberg. During a party held to mark the occasion management at AlzChem and BASF congratulated the 39 young men and women who have now successfully completed their apprenticeships, noting that they had achieved top marks in their final apprentice examinations. And now 30 of them have taken up employment with AlzChem and BASF, four have left the company and five have opted to continue their studies.
Training is a high priority at the Trostberg Chemical Park, and is always of a consistently high standard. "We know just how important such training is - after all, it continues to provide us with new generations of highly qualified employees." The chemicals industry in Germany faces international competition on a daily basis. As a result of continual innovation AlzChem ranks among the leaders in the world market. "Innovation allows us to create something new – we improve our existing manufacturing processes, we invent new products and we expand our production facilities or build new factories to handle it all", notes Ulli Seibel.
Head of training Manfred Hochreiter said he was proud to be awarding the certificates, and praised the graduate apprentices for successfully completing their courses: "Now that you've finished your apprenticeship training you hold the future in your hand. You have mastered the fundamentals and come through with flying colors. Now your task will be to show that you can put the knowledge and abilities that you have acquired to practical use.
Site head Erich Lackner offered his congratulations on behalf of BASF. Lackner referred to the findings of a study by Prognos indicating that chemicals production in Germany will increase by 40% over the next 20 years. What this means in effect, he said, is that an apprenticeship in the chemicals industry has a secure future, since this growth will need to be achieved by the most highly trained apprentices. The apprentice training at the Trostberg site has provided the cornerstone for this all to happen, Lackner observed.
AlzChem works council head Karl Held was there to pass on the congratulations of the employee representatives. He went on to say how pleased he was with the fantastic results achieved by the apprentices, and had this advice to give to the young technicians – "stay curious, set about the tasks ahead of you with joy and with commitment - and then nothing will stand in the way of your success."
43 new apprentices will kick off their training at the Trostberg Chemical Park on September 1, 9 of whom are being trained on behalf of BASF and for the first time also on behalf of ASK in Unterneukirchen, AlzChem AG's neighbor at the HART site.
Further information on training and apprenticeships at AlzChem is available at http://www.alzchem.de/de/karriere/ausbildung and at the Apprenticeship Day on July 11, 2015.