Young paper makers move up the ranks in Austria
The paper mill in Haid bei Ansfelden, Austria, has a rich history. Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorfer has been in operation since 1851. The people that produce the annual 440,000 tonnes of paper are well trained and make sure that a new generation of paper makers moves up the ranks on a regular basis.
The so-called dual system offers social security and gives teenagers a chance to gain experience in a real work environment. Keeping in mind that the participants are young, the programme also incorporates leisure activities.
The students learn, earn a living and receive a certificate. Talented participants can continue their education with a Master Craftsman Exam, which grants access to courses on a college or university level.