Munich, March 13, 2008 - The new training concept developed by KraussMaffei's Injection Moulding Machinery division has won the International German Training Prize 2008 in gold awarded by the German Federal Association of Sales Promoters and Trainers (BDVT). KraussMaffei's training programme aims to teach customer employees not only technical knowledge and skills, but also to raise awareness of responsible and quality-oriented behaviour in the workplace.
February 22 saw the announcement of the winners of the International German Training Prize 2008 during Europe's biggest education trade show, the didacta in Stuttgart. The KraussMaffei training concept - a skills campaign with the motto "Driving the upswing" - took one of the four first places. Rupert Gruber, head of training at the company's Munich plant, was delighted, "Our new training programme puts a special emphasis on soft skills like avoiding errors, communication, interaction and leadership." Along with teaching technology competence, KraussMaffei wants to improve the soft skills of its customers' employees. The company is pleased that the BDVT jury endorses this approach.
Know-how and social skills
However much a company invests in technology, it will still need well-trained and motivated employees to succeed in the plastics processing industry. Especially in countries with relatively high labour costs, such as Germany, the quality of the workforce is a strong argument against shifting manufacturing industries to low-wage countries. Quality does not simply materialize out of the blue - this is the situation acknowledged by KraussMaffei's training concept for operators and service technicians working with injection moulding machinery. The training programme, which covers 16 courses with a high hands-on content, was developed in cooperation with the Michl Group, Wessling. Course units are structured to provide a complete graded system of qualification. KraussMaffei injection moulding machinery customers reap the benefits: their employees are not only highly skilled in machine operation or maintenance, they have also been trained to take responsibility as part of a team. The new training programme has been in operation since 2008. As many as 950 customer employees now have the opportunity to improve their technical know-how and soft skills in around 180 training courses a year.
KraussMaffei wins the Internationalen German Training Prize 2008 in Gold
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