The talent market in China is short of a skilled and practically oriented workforce.
Festo opens its full-scale Training Centre in Jinan to provide well-trained talents to sustain the business growth and operation expansion. As the world market leader for industrial education solutions Festo Didactic conceptualized the Training Centre and provided for the technical equipment.
The Festo Training Centre Jinan, located on the compound of the Festo manufacturing base in Jinan, China, opens today. It is the first full-scale training centre Festo has established outside of Germany. As one of the important activities to practise Festo Corporate Education Responsibility, the goal set for the training centre is to introduce the successful German dual education system into China, as well as to sustain the company in its production for a rapidly developing market in Asia.
Festo invested approximately 1 million euro in the establishment of the training centre which occupies an area of 1,300 sqm. This includes a fully equipped fitter room, traditional mechanical and CNC workshop, a control technique room - consisting of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric control techniques - as well as a mechatronics system training room furnished with Festo Didactic equipment, together with computer skill, SAP and metrology training rooms.
The aim of the Training Centre is to offer vocational training for apprentices, further qualification for Festo employees, and qualification for specific target groups, e. g. team leaders and trainers, in the fields of management, quality and technology.
The training centre with its practical education concept collaborated with the AHK (Auslandshandelskammer), the German Chamber of Commerce Abroad, and the Jinan Vocational Training College, as well as the partner companies Hydrometer GmbH, SKF Friedrichshafen AG and Stihl AG & Co. KG has developed the practical and theoretical training program for the students. Introducing the combination of both, the dual education system, which is widely recognized as the success module of vocational training in Germany is the highlight of the program.
In total 50 apprentices enrolled in the Sino-German class in Jinan Vocational Training College in September 2011 to start a 3-year course in the field of industrial mechanics. After the first year focusing on theoretical study, the apprentices will spend half of the time of the second year in their companies, in case of Festo 28 and 2 from a partner company in the Festo Training Centre to practice their profession. The third year of the vocational training course will be dedicated to on-job trainings at workshops. After graduation, apprentices can expect to take on highly qualified jobs at Festo or the partner companies.
“China already boasts the world’s largest domestic market, highest industrial output and biggest automotive market – and as a result will also be the world’s largest market for automation technology in the coming years. With our products, project engineers and engineering support specialists in China, we enjoy close market and customer proximity. This is the only way to fulfil customer needs in our largest growth market and perfectly tailor our products and services to local requirements.” stressed Alfred Goll, Board Member Human and Intellectual Resources. He added: “Customers in China expect the same high quality and service level as we are known for in Europe. To insure this high quality education is the key. Education is not only the responsibility for government, but also accountability for a company. A unique element in Festo philosophy is practising corporate social responsibility in the area of Education, i.e. Corporate Educational Responsibility. Being a learning organization, we want to attract skilled staff to work for us, while providing sufficient supports for our employees to grow together with the company. This includes tailor-made programs to fit with the development desire for different employee groups to upgrade knowledge and skills, to enhance leadership, individual excellence, and international exposures. We treasure and are willing to invest on talents to sustain business growth and individual development. This belief is embedded throughout the organization.”
Festo Didactic is the world-leading equipment and solution provider for industrial education. It designs and implements learning laboratories, educational equipment and programs that train people to perform in highly dynamic and complex industrial environments. Its goal is to maximize the learning success in educational institutions and industrial companies around the globe.
The Festo AG is a leading world-wide supplier of automation technology. It is an independent family company, established in 1925, with headquarter in Esslingen, Germany. The company provides pneumatic and electric drive technology for over 300,000 customers in 200 industries world-wide both for factory and process automation. The Festo Group achieved sales revenues of over € 2.1 billion in its fiscal year 2011, with 15,500 employees represented world-wide in 250 locations.
Festo started its business in China since 1985. Currently Festo has 42 sales and service centres in China. Festo Asia Pacific Technical Centre and Solution Engineering Centre in Shanghai provides customers in the region with products and solutions tailored to their applications. The global production centres in Jinan and Shanghai, together with Regional Service Centre-China in Jinan ensure supply and service to China market. Festo has approx. 1,800 employees in China today. Festo serves industries like automotive, tyre/rubber, food and beverage, electronic and light assemblies, flat panel and solar, biotech-phama and water/waste water plants with pneumatic and electric technologies and total solutions.
For more information, please contact:
Corporate Communication Manager, Asia Pacific
Tel: +86-21-6081 5482
Fax: +86-21-6081 5556
Mobile: +86 139 1620 3974