"Apprenticeship and Study" ready for new applications: combination of practice and study

Joint press release from partners of the model 'Apprenticeship and Study' with statements and photos of the Infineon pioneers in this model at the end of the text.

Jun 22, 2022 | Business & Financial Press

Already in the winter semester 2020/21, the first class of "Apprenticeship & Study" at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences. A newly developed double apprenticeship for the job profile. "Process technology + electrical engineering: plant and operating technology" is specifically aimed at AHS and BHS graduates, the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences offers the study program "Systems Engineering".
Engineering", a parallel part-time course of study. On board are Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Flex, RHI Magnesita, the Villach Vocational School as well as the GPS - Lehrwerkstätte apprenticeship workshop and the FH Kärnten.

Two degrees: Apprenticeship and Bachelor

In many industries, the requirements for applicants' qualifications are increasing. Complex industrial plants that require professional support, programming and maintenance go hand in hand with an increased demand for qualified specialists. With the "apprenticeship and studies" training model, apprentices now have the prospect of an attractive job in an industrial company, two apprenticeship degrees and a bachelor's degree. "The big advantage for me is that I can combine two degrees. I can learn the theoretical framework and put what I have learned directly into practice in the company. I particularly like this mix," says Martin Schrott, apprentice at FLEX with apprenticeship and studies.

Offer for high school graduates

The combination of an apprenticeship and the part-time bachelor's degree program in Systems Engineering at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences is particularly appealing to high school graduates who would like to complete an apprenticeship after graduating from high school and are also interested in studying. Wolfgang Werth, head of the Systems Engineering program at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences: "While the theoretical and conceptual skills are developed in the degree program, the in-company training focuses on the acquisition of practical and technical knowledge. Thanks to the co-initiation of the Villach Vocational School, the GPS - Lehrwerkstätte and the industrial companies Flex, Infineon Technologies Austria and RHI Magnesita, this concept could be successfully implemented."

Counteracting emigration and shortage of skilled workers

The training model of "apprenticeship and study" makes Carinthia even more attractive as a location for young people and also counteracts emigration and the shortage of skilled workers. One of the most modern chip factories is located at the Infineon site in Villach. The microchips are in high demand worldwide and can be found in solar and wind energy systems, e-cars or e-bikes as well as in smartphones. Thomas Reisinger Member of the Management Board for Operations at Infineon Technologies Austria: "Our digitally networked manufacturing systems need highly trained specialists who can operate, maintain and program them. We offer young people in the region in-depth high-tech knowledge, many career opportunities and a task with social value. Our experience with the 'apprenticeship and study' model has been exceptionally good, so we want to attract six more engineering talents, especially women."

Currently, six apprentices are completing the "apprenticeship and study" training at Infineon, three of them young women. "The training is varied and intensive. You learn a lot, not only professionally but also personally. I appreciate the teamwork and the insights into the working and training methods of an international group with many career opportunities. In addition to technical interest, you also need perseverance, organizational talent and the joy of always learning new things," explains Fabienne Winkler, an apprentice at Infineon Technologies Austria with Apprenticeship & Studies.

New job profiles through digitization

Digitization is creating completely new job profiles in industry. The model "apprenticeship and studies" is oriented to the needs of the companies and offers a young generation professional development opportunities in the technical field. Aleksandar Karanfilov, apprentice process technology / plant and operating technology, RHI Magnesita: "The combination of job and studies attracted me to apply for 'apprenticeship and studies'. And I have never regretted it. Where else do you have a secure job and the chance to study? The interplay between theory and practice is invaluable to me: one day I'm learning, and the next day I'm putting what I've learned directly into practice. If you have ambition and motivation, this program is a great opportunity." Through the mix of practical experience and study, this effective training model contributes to securing the location of companies and helps to meet the industry's employee needs in the future.

Sigrid Heinzle, Head of People & Culture Europe/CIS/Turkey at RHI Magnesita: "After 24 months of experience, we can say with a clear conscience: The project 'Apprenticeship and Studies' is a great opportunity for both apprentices and companies. It has broadened our horizons. We see that the apprentices aged up to 35 enrich the team of otherwise very young apprentices immensely. The participants of 'Apprenticeship and Study' bring a lot of commitment and will, which is also needed with a 6-day week - consisting of 5 days at the plant and 1 day at the FH Kärnten. We now still want to accurately adjust the workload of necessary practice in our plants and are thus looking forward to starting the 3rd year of 'Apprenticeship and Studies' in the fall."

New challenges on the labor market, such as in plant and operating technology, as well as better opportunities for advancement within the company increase the attractiveness of a dual apprenticeship. "The apprenticeship with studies creates ideal conditions to prepare our apprentices for the constantly changing world of work. For us at Flex, it has proven to be the optimal model for developing young talent and offering them the best opportunities, as they already get to know the company and field of activity during their apprenticeship. Challenges can be ideally solved in practice, as underlying theoretical aspects are deepened during the studies", René Wallner, head of the training center at FLEX, is convinced. The combination of studying at the university and apprenticeship in a company has clear advantages: "Through the combination of studying and apprenticeship, you have contact persons both within the framework of the study program and mentors in the company, who support you with the various tasks and challenges," Elisabeth Bretis, apprentice at FLEX, is grateful for the good cooperation with the FH Kärnten and Flex.


Fast Facts:

Duration of apprenticeship:

- Double apprenticeship shortened to 3 years
- Bachelor's degree at the FH Carinthia (Villach campus) can be completed in parallel with the apprenticeship

Effort per week:

- 4 days of apprenticeship (in the company or vocational school)
- 2 days of study at the FH Carinthia

Application procedure:

1. application for an apprenticeship position in a company that offers the apprenticeship occupation process technology +.
electrical engineering: plant and operating technology".
2. after acceptance for the apprenticeship apply at the FH Kärnten for the extra-occupational bachelor program "Systems Engineering
3. run through admission procedure at the FH Kärnten
4. start of studies in mid-September 2022

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About Infineon Austria

Infineon Technologies Austria AG is a group subsidiary of Infineon Technologies AG, a world-leading provider of semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon reduce the energy consumption of consumer electronics, domestic appliances and industrial facilities. They make a major contribution to the convenience, security and sustainability of vehicles, and enable secure transactions in the Internet of Things.

Infineon Austria pools competencies for research and development, production as well as global business responsibility. The head office is in Villach, with further branches in Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Vienna. With 4,820 employees from 73 countries (including 2,100 in research and development), in the financial year 2021 (ending in September) the company achieved a turnover of € 3.9 billion. With a research expenditure of 516 million euros, Infineon Austria is one of the strongest research companies in Austria.

Press Photos

  • At Infineon in Villach, six apprentices are currently completing the "Apprenticeship and Studies" training program, three of them young women. ©Infineon
    At Infineon in Villach, six apprentices are currently completing the "Apprenticeship and Studies" training program, three of them young women. ©Infineon
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  • The partners in the "Apprenticeship & Studies" model from left to right: Thomas Petschnig (GPS Lehrwerkstätte), Alfred Madrutter (Villach Vocational School), two apprentices, Sigrid Heinzle (RHI), Ulla Birnbacher and Wolfgang Wert (both FH), Thomas Reisinger (Infineon Austria), Rene Wallner (Flex) ©Infineon
    The partners in the "Apprenticeship & Studies" model from left to right: Thomas Petschnig (GPS Lehrwerkstätte), Alfred Madrutter (Villach Vocational School), two apprentices, Sigrid Heinzle (RHI), Ulla Birnbacher and Wolfgang Wert (both FH), Thomas Reisinger (Infineon Austria), Rene Wallner (Flex) ©Infineon
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  • Thomas Reisinger, Operations Director Infineon Technologies Austria AG: "Our digitally networked manufacturing systems need highly trained specialists who can operate, maintain and program them. We offer young people in the region in-depth high-tech knowledge, many career opportunities and a task with social value. Our experience with the 'apprenticeship and study' model has been exceptionally good, so we want to attract six more engineering talents, especially women."
    Thomas Reisinger, Operations Director Infineon Technologies Austria AG: "Our digitally networked manufacturing systems need highly trained specialists who can operate, maintain and program them. We offer young people in the region in-depth high-tech knowledge, many career opportunities and a task with social value. Our experience with the 'apprenticeship and study' model has been exceptionally good, so we want to attract six more engineering talents, especially women."
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  • Fabienne Winkler, apprentice, Infineon Technologies Austria AG: "The training is varied and intensive. You learn a lot, in professional as well as personal aspects. I appreciate the teamwork and the insights into the work and training methods of an international group with many career opportunities. In addition to technical interest, you also need perseverance, organizational talent and the joy of always learning something new." ©Infineon
    Fabienne Winkler, apprentice, Infineon Technologies Austria AG: "The training is varied and intensive. You learn a lot, in professional as well as personal aspects. I appreciate the teamwork and the insights into the work and training methods of an international group with many career opportunities. In addition to technical interest, you also need perseverance, organizational talent and the joy of always learning something new." ©Infineon
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  • Julian Apriessnig, apprentice Infineon Austria AG: "I have settled in very well at the company and in my department. The apprenticeship is really 'instructive' and, especially during exam times, also really demanding. I have the Matura at the St. Martin Gymnasium in Villach and with this apprenticeship I can now ideally combine practical work with theoretical knowledge. I'm involved in regular maintenance work or changing consumables, and designing a fixture, for example, is also part of my job. In addition to mathematical understanding and enjoyment of digital computer work, good time management is also required!" ©Infineon
    Julian Apriessnig, apprentice Infineon Austria AG: "I have settled in very well at the company and in my department. The apprenticeship is really 'instructive' and, especially during exam times, also really demanding. I have the Matura at the St. Martin Gymnasium in Villach and with this apprenticeship I can now ideally combine practical work with theoretical knowledge. I'm involved in regular maintenance work or changing consumables, and designing a fixture, for example, is also part of my job. In addition to mathematical understanding and enjoyment of digital computer work, good time management is also required!" ©Infineon
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  • Daniela Lagger, apprentice Infineon Technologies Austria AG, completed her high school diploma at HBLA Pitzelstätten:   "I am still fascinated by the possibility of completing an apprenticeship in combination with studies at the same time, just as I was on the first day. The work is very varied. In the company's own apprentice workshop, we learn everything about electrical engineering, machining technology or programming, so that we can optimally maintain the special equipment that is essential for wafer production. And if something doesn't work out right away - with the cohesion and support of the colleagues and the company, everything can be mastered and managed! The working atmosphere is perfect." ©Infineon
    Daniela Lagger, apprentice Infineon Technologies Austria AG, completed her high school diploma at HBLA Pitzelstätten: "I am still fascinated by the possibility of completing an apprenticeship in combination with studies at the same time, just as I was on the first day. The work is very varied. In the company's own apprentice workshop, we learn everything about electrical engineering, machining technology or programming, so that we can optimally maintain the special equipment that is essential for wafer production. And if something doesn't work out right away - with the cohesion and support of the colleagues and the company, everything can be mastered and managed! The working atmosphere is perfect." ©Infineon
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  • Pascal Dittrich, apprentice Infineon Austria AG: "So far, things are going very well. With my Matura at the HLW-Hermagor, I was accepted in the best way and I am learning every day, because every day is different. We work on equipment in the respective department, maintain and repair it, help find faults and also fix them. As for my studies, we are now in the final spurt for the 4th semester. My goal is to do a master's degree after my bachelor's degree. In addition to enjoying technology, it's important to bring diligence, perseverance and the courage to grow with challenges." ©Infineon
    Pascal Dittrich, apprentice Infineon Austria AG: "So far, things are going very well. With my Matura at the HLW-Hermagor, I was accepted in the best way and I am learning every day, because every day is different. We work on equipment in the respective department, maintain and repair it, help find faults and also fix them. As for my studies, we are now in the final spurt for the 4th semester. My goal is to do a master's degree after my bachelor's degree. In addition to enjoying technology, it's important to bring diligence, perseverance and the courage to grow with challenges." ©Infineon
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  • Chiara Egarter, apprentice, Infineon Technologies Austria AG: "The apprenticeship is exciting, but also demanding, especially at exam times at the FH. At Infineon, we work with state-of-the-art equipment that demands completely new, creative solutions. For me, this 'thinking outside the box' and working with a wide variety of people is not only a professional development, but also a personal one. I want to constantly develop myself and my skills and never stand still in terms of knowledge, which is what makes a job in technology so interesting. Infineon is more than suitable for this in my eyes." ©Infineon
    Chiara Egarter, apprentice, Infineon Technologies Austria AG: "The apprenticeship is exciting, but also demanding, especially at exam times at the FH. At Infineon, we work with state-of-the-art equipment that demands completely new, creative solutions. For me, this 'thinking outside the box' and working with a wide variety of people is not only a professional development, but also a personal one. I want to constantly develop myself and my skills and never stand still in terms of knowledge, which is what makes a job in technology so interesting. Infineon is more than suitable for this in my eyes." ©Infineon
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  • Philipp Kantor, Apprentice Infineon Technologies Austria AG:  "The 'apprenticeship and study' model is definitely demanding, but it is enormously motivating to have a job that is future- and crisis-proof. In addition to technical understanding, a high level of motivation, the necessary portion of ambition and good time management are required. The flexible working time models at Infineon help me to combine my studies and my private life - which of course should not be missing either. After the apprenticeship, I would like to stay and possibly take the opportunity to spend time abroad within the world-leading Infineon Group." ©Infineon
    Philipp Kantor, Apprentice Infineon Technologies Austria AG: "The 'apprenticeship and study' model is definitely demanding, but it is enormously motivating to have a job that is future- and crisis-proof. In addition to technical understanding, a high level of motivation, the necessary portion of ambition and good time management are required. The flexible working time models at Infineon help me to combine my studies and my private life - which of course should not be missing either. After the apprenticeship, I would like to stay and possibly take the opportunity to spend time abroad within the world-leading Infineon Group." ©Infineon
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