More than 100 applications were received and 40 applicants were invited to a taster day at 1zu1 in the spring, during which they created workpieces, took a written test and learned about the training content and future opportunities. Nine of them have now started their careers at the Dornbirn-based high-tech company; among them 16-year-old Francesca from Lustenau: “The decisive factor for me was that I felt comfortable during the taster day and the friendly atmosphere at 1zu1 suits me,” says the passionate skydiver.
The three young women – an office clerk, a machining technician and a plastics technician – started their working lives on Monday along with six young men. First up was the traditional ice-breaker day at the Eurocamp in Zanzenberg – team building and the sharing of expectations were the order of the day. Afterwards, the technical trainees began learning basic skills in the training workshop, such as filing, milling, drilling and thread cutting. Subsequently, the young professionals will rotate through all departments, from 3D printing to CNC.
The quality of the training at the company is kept at a high level through continuous investment. As a result, its training workshop is equipped with modern milling and CNC machines (three of each). For the last eleven years, 1zu1 has been accredited as an “Excellent training company in Vorarlberg”. In 2017, the company became a state-approved training company. In total, 1zu1 currently employs 27 apprentices. Three plastics technicians are about to complete their apprenticeship, while four machining technicians completed their training in the spring.