ALPLA taking dual trai­ning to new countries

Trai­ning of skilled workers according to the Aus­trian model to start in India and Poland in 2020

Hard, 15 April 2020 – Fol­lowing on from Mexico and China, the global spe­cia­list for plastic pack­a­ging and recy­cling, the ALPLA Group, is now intro­du­cing dual trai­ning in addi­tional coun­tries: the first appren­tices in India and Poland will be trained according to the Aus­trian model star­ting this autumn.

The global family-owned enter­prise based in Aus­tria is cur­r­ently trai­ning 250 appren­tices around the world, not only in Aus­tria and Ger­many, where the dual trai­ning system taking place at a com­pany and at school has a long tra­di­tion, but also in China and Mexico. India and Poland are now set to follow this year. The aim is to be one step ahead in covering the rising demand for skilled workers in these regions.

Start in India and Poland in 2020
India’s first Future Corner – the term ALPLA uses for its trai­ning work­shops – is cur­r­ently under deve­lo­p­ment in the city of seven mil­lion, Hyder­abad. The pro­spec­tive machi­ning tech­ni­cians and mecha­tro­nics tech­ni­cians will begin their trai­ning based on the Aus­trian model in the autumn. This oppor­tu­nity will be given to up to ten young people a year. Two Indian inst­ruc­tors will be respon­sible for their prac­tical trai­ning at the plant, while the theory side of things will be handled in coope­ra­tion with a local polytechnic.

Pro­fes­sional trai­ning will like­wise get under way in Ostrów Mazowiecka north-east of Warsaw in the autumn. Six mecha­tro­nics tech­ni­cians a year will be trained up in Poland. ‘The dual trai­ning model is very attrac­tive for young people in Poland,’ exp­lains Julian Fässler, who is respon­sible for rol­ling ALPLA’s dual trai­ning out glo­bally. ‘Edu­ca­tion is com­pul­sory up to the age of 18 in Poland. The dual trai­ning model gives school pupils the oppor­tu­nity to ven­ture into the world of work already at the age of 15 or 16 while also obtai­ning their school-leaving qualification.’

Reco­gnised qualification
It takes a lot of pre­pa­ra­tion to intro­duce dual trai­ning in a new country. This includes tal­king to the local aut­ho­ri­ties, selec­ting the right school and sett­ling on a cur­ri­culum. ‘The con­cept of dual trai­ning is only fami­liar to people in cen­tral Europe. But it is important to us that young people can earn them­selves a qua­li­fi­ca­tion which is reco­gnised in their country,’ empha­sises Fässler. 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.

Mexico and China as trailblazers
Those who have gra­duated in Mexico and China over the years stand as a tes­ta­ment to the suc­cessful imple­men­ta­tion of dual trai­ning abroad. Dual trai­ning began in Toluca, Mexico, in 2013. Upon com­ple­ting their appren­ti­ce­ships, the skilled workers work at the four plants in Mexico. Three appren­ti­ce­ships are now offered in Mexico: mecha­tro­nics, machi­ning and plastics moul­ding. A total of 16 new appren­tices were wel­comed last autumn – a new record. Nine appren­tices suc­cess­fully com­pleted their trai­ning this February, brin­ging the total number of appren­tices in Mexico with a trai­ning qua­li­fi­ca­tion to 45. Of these 45 gra­duates, 40 work at ALPLA.

ALPLA estab­lished dual trai­ning in China in 2013 tog­e­ther with the injec­tion moul­ding machinery manu­fac­turer Engel and the Shanghai Infor­ma­tion Tech­no­logy Col­lege. Since then, machi­ning tech­ni­cians, plastics moul­ders and mecha­tro­nics tech­ni­cians for the plants in Shanghai, Tai­cang, Tianjin, Hefei and Guang­zhou have been com­ple­ting their basic trai­ning at the Future Corner in Shanghai.

More infor­ma­tion about the com­pany:

About the ALPLA Group:
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 20,900 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps and moulded parts at 181 sites across 46 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.
ALPLA operates its own recycling plants in Austria, Poland and Spain, and in the form of joint ventures in Mexico and Germany. By signing the New Plastics Economy’s Global Commitment in October 2018, ALPLA pledged to achieve certain goals by 2025: all packaging solutions are to be fully recyclable and the volume of recycled materials is to increase to 25 per cent of the total materials used. A sum of EUR 50 million has been earmarked for ALPLA’s expansion of its recycling activities.


Fact box: ALPLA apprenticeship program
ALPLA’s main apprenticeships are in plastics engineering for production, electrical engineering (mechatronics) for maintenance and mechanical engineering, and machining for mould construction. At the company headquarters in Hard, Austria, apprenticeships are also offered in IT operating technology, since 2019 in operating logistics and from next autumn also in application development/coding.

Apprentice numbers
Apprentices in Austria: 84
Apprentices in Germany: 81
Apprentices in Mexico: 44
Apprentices in China: 41
Total number of apprentices: 250

Apprentices broken down by profession
Plastics engineering: 100
Electrical engineering/mechatronics: 70
Machining: 58
Administration: 8
Construction: 5
Logistics: 6
IT: 3
Total: 250

Infor­ma­tion for editorial:
ALPLA, Erik Nielsen (PR & Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), tel.: +43 (0)5574 6021 701, email:
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Werner F. Sommer, tel.: +43 (0)699 1025 4817, email: