The development and training of skilled professionals from within its own ranks has a long tradition at ALPMA: right from its founding in 1947, the global market leader for cheese-making technology has placed great emphasis on comprehensive in-house training. At present, almost 10 per cent of the roughly 650 employees at the company’s sites in Rott am Inn and Dresden are apprentices – a very high percentage for a medium-sized enterprise. Electronical, mechatronical and mechanical technicians, technical product designers, metal technology specialists, plant mechanics, industrial business management assistants and IT specialists receive training for their future professions at ALPMA. And it is particularly pleasing to note that about 30 per cent of them are women – once again, an above-average number for the mechanical engineering industry.
A study of “Germany’s Best Training Companies” conducted by the magazines Deutschland Test and Focus Money praised this broadly structured programme as pioneering for both the capital equipment industry and German industry as a whole. As the winner in its industry, ALPMA received full marks for its programme – with its performance in five categories setting benchmarks for the other companies involved.
“We are very proud of our outstanding ranking. It shows that we are on the right track with our comprehensive approach to the development of young talent,“ says Frank Eberle, Managing Director of ALPMA. “That is important for us, as educating and training our own specialists in eight professions remains a key factor in the success of our company. As a global technology leader, we need employees who not only understand our highly complex cheese-making, process, cutting and packaging plants, but can also drive forward a process of continuous further development and optimisation.”
Excellence training rate and level of training
In order to determine the best companies for apprentices, Deutschland Test and Focus Money examined the 20,000 biggest employers in Germany. In addition to structural data such as the number of employees and the number of apprentices, factors such as the marks achieved by apprentices in their final examinations, the number of apprentices subsequently taken on by the company, remuneration, special development programmes and mentoring systems came under review. ALPMA was rated particularly highly here due to additional offers such as individual coaching for trainees, annual bonuses and awards for the best trainees in each year. The jury also found the high trainee rate of 10 per cent and the outstanding quality of the training convincing.