W&H Academy GmbH for all Training Aspects Established
As of 01 July 2017, Windmöller & Hölscher provides all of its training via the newly founded W&H Academy GmbH. The new company includes the former Ausbildungs GmbH for vocational training as well as departments for further education and customer training. The goal of the Academy is to expand training opportunities for employees and customers as these represent important success factors. To achieve this, the existing expertise will be combined and expanded at the Academy.
“As the market leader for machinery for the packaging industry, our employees’ expertise is an enormous factor in our success. At the same time, the job market is becoming increasingly tight, especially when it comes to specialists in technical fields. Growing internationality and rapid technical advances are increasing the complexity of the working world. We, as a company, our employees and also our customers are confronted with these challenges. The Academy serves as a training and education center. In this role, it supports both the W&H Group and our customers with meeting these challenges”, explains Dr. Jürgen Vutz, CEO of the W&H Group.
Academy Promotes Synergies
Combining these three areas into one unit will create synergies. “All three areas profit from new methods and tools such as e-learning and a Learning Management System. In addition, all training areas can make use of the equipment and facilities such as training machines and rooms. Furthermore, the instructors are both, experts in the technologies discussed and trained educators,” explains Olaf Heymann-Riedel, Managing Director of the W&H Academy.
Offers for Customer Training Will Be Expanded
Customer training has already been a part of W&H’s existing services for quite some time. As a separate department at the Academy it will be expanded in the future. “Customers are facing the same challenges as we do. A shortage of skilled specialists, increasing complexity and very rapid technological developments. W&H provides decades of application know-how in the market for flexible packaging. At the same time, we are a technology leader and always on the cutting edge. Training enables our customers and their employees to profit directly from this knowledge and enhance the productivity of their production. We will also provide our instructors with targeted training to better prepare them for these tasks”, explains Managing Partner, Peter Steinbeck.