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Training & professional development

ALPLA Academy – Center for Learning & Development

It is important to us that all employees are able to optimally apply their strengths and interests and develop well. We therefore place a considerable focus on the development and advancement of our employees. We aim to strike a balance between the company’s needs and the expectations, strengths and interests of the employees.

By 2022, the annual training initiatives will be reported to the ALPLA Academy (HQ) according to defined criteria.

The Corporate Learning & Development department is an important part of our global HR organisation and is the global point of contact for learning and development matters. The ALPLA Academy helps our employees to systematically develop their individual skills. It offers professional methods and instruments based on the principle of our demanding and promoting initiative, personal responsibility and the further development of a person’s skills and talent. Professional leadership is one of the focal areas, which is why the managers around the world are put through an ongoing qualification and development process, the ALPLA Leadership Development Programme.

ALPLA’s global presence means guaranteeing high technological standards at all the sites is a major challenge. This is dependent upon good training and professional development for the employees, as emphasised by Hanspeter Hollender, Director of Corporate Human Resources: ‘Highly qualified staff are a prerequisite for our maintaining our leading position in the face of international competition.’

ALPLA draws not only on classroom learning, but also on e-learning and blended learning. We created a global teaching and knowledge platform called eAcademy. Modern teaching tools and methods allow employees to be reached quickly and effectively in spite of the decentralised structure.

By 2022, there will be teaching centres in all the ALPLA regions, with a regional training coordinator and technical trainers at the regional and local levels. Qualified trainers will be able to independently cover a region’s training needs.

ALPLA Academy/Headquarter 2018


  • 16,300 training hours
  • 1,300 training participants
  • 195 training courses
  • The portfolio includes approximately 200 classroom training and e-learning sessions
  • Some 150 technical and non-technical trainers around the world


  • Employee appraisal processes
  • Strategic HR planning
  • Identification and development of talent
  • Management development
  • Trainee programmes



  • Development of training concepts and documents
  • Organisation, execution and evaluation of training sessions
  • Training of and support for trainers around the world
  • Development of e-learning modules and webinars


Dual training: a successful model takes the world by storm

ALPLA has been running dual training programmes for young trainees since 1960. Together with other companies, we exported this concept to Mexico and China in 2013. Dual training quickly became well recognised in these countries in spite of being entirely unfamiliar to them. The option of combining practical training at our Technical Centers and production facilities with a general qualification from a vocational school has become very popular among young people and their families.

Number of apprentices 2018
Austria Germany Mexico China worldwide
2018 93 71 42 37 243

It is important to ALPLA that it offers all of its apprentices the best and, above all, practical conditions. The modern training workshops in Toluca and Shanghai were further expanded in 2018 to include the new option of an apprenticeship as a mechatronics technician. Increasing production automation means qualified mechatronics technicians are in great demand.

The international exchange programme is very popular with our apprentices. Young people who are particularly dedicated are given the opportunity to travel to other sites and work there for a few weeks.

In addition to the prescribed curricula, the apprentices receive tailored training, for example in the form of sustainability workshops. As well as general knowledge of environmental issues, the junior employees learn about the goals ALPLA is pursuing in the area of sustainability and what they can do as individuals to contribute here.

New apprentices are now completing their vocational training every year. They are presented with a graduation certificate from their country as well as a certificate issued by the Institute for Economic Promotion of the Austrian Economic Chambers (WIFI), which is recognised throughout Europe. Ideally, all the graduates are subsequently taken on by ALPLA and remain with us for a long time. We expect to see the number of apprentices increase around the world, in particular in China and Mexico. We are also looking into whether this training concept can be applied in other countries too and, if so, where.

By 2022, more than 60 apprentices in Mexico and more than 50 in China will complete their training. By 2022, we will also offer apprenticeships in Poland, India and South Africa. 

Apprenticeships offered

  • Plastics engineering
  • Metal technology
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Construction
  • IT technology
  • Office administration/industrial clerks
  • Logistics