The Zumtobel Group was recognised for its occupational support programme (OSP) with the special prize in the category Migration/Integration for outstanding personnel development projects for employees of different cultural origins or for people with special needs.
“We are delighted to have received this special recognition,” says OSP training director Hans Peter Loacker. “For me, providing training for young people with special needs means accompanying them along part of their life’s journey and showing them the way to self-determination so that they can enjoy independent lives as active members of society.”
The occupational support programme has been in place at Zumtobel’s Dornbirn plant since 1989. The offer is directed at young people with physical or mental disabilities or learning difficulties in the age group of 16 to 22. The aim of the two-year training is to enable young people to take up an occupation in an industrial enterprise. At the present time, six youngsters are undergoing training.
The State Prize Knewledge is organised by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. KNEWLEDGE stands for knowledge renewal, skills development and learning advancement. The State Prize categories are based on the number of employees. The special prizes are additional categories and have been awarded in the past few years and again in 2014 for employer branding in different areas, including migration/integration for outstanding personnel development concepts developed by Austrian companies for employees of different cultural origins or for people with special needs.
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