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OMV and TÜV AUSTRIA enter partnership for apprentice training

August 30, 2013 - 11:00 am (CET)

A milestone for vocational training in Weinviertel: OMV, Austria’s leading industrial company, and TÜV AUSTRIA have committed to a partnership for apprentice training. This will complement the top training which OMV apprentices already receive, providing an even broader basis and will also be open to other companies. This marks a decisive advance in education and will serve as a driver for economic growth in the Weinviertel region.

OMV and TÜV AUSTRIA have agreed to open a new education center for vocational apprentice training. The new education center will be based at the OMV site in Gänserndorf under the name TÜV AUSTRIA-OMV AKADEMIE WEINVIERTEL. This cooperation will enable both partners to capitalize on their strengths. The direct mix of OMV´s practical skills gained through international operations and the technical expertise of TÜV AUSTRIA results in perfect synergies for “Training near the job” at the TÜV AUSTRIA-OMV AKADEMIE. The ability to quickly and flexibly adapt the educational focus to the skills that are needed on the job is a key success factor in vocational training.

The TÜV AUSTRIA-OMV AKADEMIE WEINVIERTEL will train more than 100 apprentices; 37 new apprentices will start their careers at OMV on September 2, 2013. One new feature is that other companies will now be able to take advantage of this vocational training; the academy is therefore not just a center of excellence for future OMV employees - this year eight apprentices from companies in other sectors will benefit from the expertise and practical approach to education. The academy has six fully equipped seminar rooms, a mechanical workshop, an industrial landscape, a gas chromatography suite and a measurement laboratory, two electrical laboratories, a chemistry laboratory, a process engineering suite and a technical isolation suite with control room. All facilities conform to the state-of-the-art requirements of a trailblazing education center, particularly in the areas of automation technology and process control engineering, systems and industrial engineering, as well as chemical process technology and training chemical lab technicians.

In addition to joint training in the following professional apprenticeships…

  • Chemical process technology
  • Chemical laboratory technology
  • Automation technology and process control engineering
  • Systems engineering and industrial engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Industrial executive

… the center will also offer the following training opportunities:

  • Preparation for final apprentice exams
  • "Lehre mit Matura" (apprenticeship with school leaving exam)
  • Foreign languages
  • Communication, presentations, moderating, conflict management
  • First Aid
  • European Computer Driving License
  • Company tours and excursions
  • Safety management and fire safety
  • Team building
  • Fitness and sports

Background information:

OMV Aktiengesellschaft
OMV Aktiengesellschaft is an integrated, international oil and gas company. With revenue of EUR 42.65 bn and around 29,000 employees in 2012, OMV is the largest industrial company on the Austrian stock exchange. Ensuring its apprentices get the very best education is a top priority for the OMV Group.

The Austrian TÜV is an international company with branches in over 20 countries across the globe, from Cologne to Dubai and Madrid to Shanghai. TÜV AUSTRIA employs 1,140 experts and generates revenue of around EUR 120m. TÜV AUSTRIA’s service spectrum ranges from certification of management systems to expert opinions on environmental engineering and noise protection, carbon-footprint evaluations, IT security, loss adjustments, App checks, every type of certification and calibration, product testing, technical due diligence and legal compliance checks, through to testing stage machinery, photovoltaic plants and wind turbines.

TÜV AUSTRIA AKADEMIE GMBH, the operator of the education center, serves as the educational institute of the TÜV AUSTRIA Group. The TÜV AUSTRIA academy is the center of excellence for educational services in the fields of safety, technology, quality and the environment and has an integrated media center. The mission of the TÜV AUSTRIA academy is to impart professional expertise and practical knowledge and to facilitate learning.

For more information, please contact:

OMV Media
Relations: Johannes Vetter, Tel.: +43 1 40440 21357, E-Mail: 
Robert Lechner, Tel.: +43 1 40440 21472, E-Mail: 

TÜV Austria: Silvana Rameder, Tel.: +43 1 617 52 50; E-Mail: