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Phoenix Contact Training Center officially opened


Opening of the Training Center in Schieder  

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Gunther Olesch, Florian Brandstetter, Garrelt Duin, Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hubert Esser, and Hermann Trompeter

With Garrelt Duin, the State Minister for Economic Affairs for North Rhine-Westphalia in attendance, Phoenix Contact officially opened its new Training Center in Schieder on June 10, 2016.

Built on the site previously used by the Schieder-Möbel company, the new multi-story building has a floor space of 13,000 sqm and is home to vocational training as well as further training for Phoenix Contact. In future, training workshops, laboratories, and seminar rooms will be available not only to Phoenix Contact Group trainees and staff, but also external providers such as adult education centers, Chambers of Industry and Commerce or colleges and universities.

Over 30 million euros have been invested in the project. A particular area of focus this year is the qualification of employees for digitalization in industry (Industrie 4.0), which affects all the business divisions along the value added chain. A digital laboratory has been set up on site for training production staff, where they will be able to try and test processes in practice.

The Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences in Lemgo, Germany will use the Training Center for its extra-occupational bachelor and master engineering degree courses.

The event opened with a welcoming address by video from the German Minister of Education and Research, Professor Johanna Wanka. Welcoming addresses then followed from Garrelt Duin, the State Minister for Economic Affairs for North Rhine-Westphalia, and President of the Federal Institute for Vocational Training and Education, Professor Friedrich H. Esser.

Phoenix Contact has provided training in skilled professions since 1957, for almost 70 years. The high value placed on basic and further training is reflected in the sum invested as well as the elaborate architecture and grounds of the building. Lifelong learning, a topic that is again in focus due to digitalization in these times of dynamic changes to the working environment, has been actively practiced in the company for over twenty years. This is demonstrated by the professional organization of Phoenix Contact's internal further training with yearly programs and a dedicated team. Last year, 14,000 participants undertook further training; and the figures are similar for previous years.

Phoenix Contact employs a total of 7500 people across its ten sites in Germany. Around 6000 of them work at five sites located in Lippe, Bad Pyrmont, and Paderborn. International participants from the company's 7000-strong workforce in 54 subsidiaries worldwide also regularly attend training at the company's headquarters.

380 young people are currently receiving vocational training, 180 of which are combining this training with their study program. Technical skilled professions/study programs are a particular area of focus.

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