Hard, Austria -- Global packaging firm Alpla Group is taking its Austrian-style training program to skilled workers in India and Poland.
Alpla aready has done similar training in Mexico and China. The Austrian model is now being rolled out for 250 apprentices around the world, including its home country of Austria and Germany.
The dual training program is a long tradition in Europe, the company said in a news release.
"The aim is to be one step ahead in covering the rising demand for skilled workers in these regions," Alpla officials said.
India's first training program is currently under development in Hyderabad. Two Indian officials will oversee their practical training at the plant while a local polytechnic school will oversee the classroom side of things.
In Poland, the training is set for the Warsaw area of Ostrów Mazowiecka with six trainees.
"The dual training model is very attractive for young people in Poland," said Julian Fässler, who is responsible for rolling out Alpla's dual training globally.
At the end of the training, the apprentices take an exam in front of Austrian representatives. A certificate of equivalence can be applied for in Austria as the vocational and practical knowledge acquired is in line with the basics of the Austrian job profile.