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Nortrak Employee Attends Presidential Event

February 5, 2014

Austrian subsidiary participation in skills training program attracts attention from US President Barack Obama  

Daniella King is a current CNC machine operator employee at Nortrak, a US subsidiary of the Austrian firm voestalpine. In February, 2014, she attended a White House event focused on the issue of long-term unemployment. President Barack Obama participated by convening a discussion of best practice strategies for skills training and employment.

There is a great demand for skilled labor in the US as well as a large pool of unemployed with demonstrable readiness to learn and adapt to the changing needs of manufacturing. With an eye on apprenticeship training from Austria and other European countries, US firms such as Nortrak are increasingly partnering with local community colleges to train students to fill specialized positions which often remain unfilled. Danielle King trained with the Calumet Green Manufacturing Program at Daley College in Chicago to earn industry recognized NIMS credentials. Her program is funded through the Department of Labor’s Green Jobs Innovation Fund and affiliated with Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), a non-profit workforce development agency which aligns skills training with labor market demand as a strategy to drive opportunity for jobs-seekers with barriers to employment.  

voestalpine Nortrak is the North American market leader in turnout technology for railways, metros and tramways. With eight manufacturing facilities in North America, the firm is backed by the 160 year old VAE Group with its headquarters in Austria.