Further education and training centre of the future.
At the end of September 2019, a new era has begun for training and further education within the construction sector. With its brand new campus in Vienna - Simmering, PORR is strengthening its role as a pioneer and is expanding its three-pronged apprentice system with an additional fourth pillar.
With the PORR campus, the offer for vocational apprentices and professionals is elevated to a whole new level and we are getting our PORRians ready for the digital future. Within the construction sector, work processes are becoming ever more complex and the skills profile needed by employees is expanding steadily. At the same time, digitalization and interdisciplinary cooperation are increasingly becoming a prominent factor.
Success in the digital age.
PORR’s aim is to consistently utilise the resulting opportunities and thereby create significant market advantages. A company’s most valuable asset and a necessity for increased productivity are highly qualified and motivated employees.
“Skilled, qualified workers are always in demand. Companies need to commit to 360° educational concepts if they want to take prompt action to counter the lack of skilled labour and to motivate talented youngsters to opt for a construction apprenticeship,” said Michael Ludwig, Mayor of Vienna, at the opening of the PORR Campus.
PORR takes a proactive approach against this cross-industry trend. “The shortage of skilled workers continues to be a key challenge for the construction industry. This is why the further education and training of our workforce is a top priority and decisive success factor,” said PORR CEO Karl-Heinz Strauss. “With the PORR Campus, we are cementing our role as a pioneer in applying forward-looking technologies and methods as well as future-proofing our competitive ability”.
Smart into the future.
We will offer every apprentice an additional three-week, practice-based course for every year of their studies. The curriculum includes training blocks on bricklaying, formworking, civil engineering and plastering. Training and theory-based seminars on materials science and health and safety as well as individual preparatory courses for their final exams round off the programme. Currently around 220 apprentices from all over Austria are being trained at PORR Campus.
The development of professionals is also a central aim of the PORR Campus. A broad range of further education opportunities are offered to PORR professionals in order to unlock individual talent and boost their careers. There are special programmes available for labourers, skilled workers, gaffers and foremen that include appropriate training in health and safety, how to handle software and equipment, as well as construction technology for their soft skills and professional development.
New standards for the sector.
The PORR Campus draws on a modern architectural concept that not only offers more space for networked working, but is also an ideal platform for forward-looking further education and training. In addition to classrooms with smart whiteboards, there are high-performance mobile devices to secure an optimum basis for ergonomic and collaborative cooperation.
Alongside classrooms flooded with light, a vast workshop with a floor area of around 500m² and a comprehensive equipment and machinery pool, the apprentices and professionals can enjoy a modern residential facility with around 50 beds. Sports and leisure facilities are also a must.
“We have deliberately designed the PORR Campus in such a way that it not only feels good, but works well. We have also drawn on the right technologies for optimal further education and training throughout an entire apprenticeship,” explain Michael Heissenberger, Head of Apprenticeships at PORR, and Reinhard Schöller, Manager of the PORR Campus. Numerous PORRians will be able to convince experience these offers in the upcoming years. The future starts in Vienna - Simmering.