Pröhl is convinced that “skilled workers don’t make themselves, skilled workers are made. If you want skilled workers, you have to train them.” That is why, as long ago as 2005, he suggested setting up an in-house training facility that would provide training in precisely those occupations that were urgently in demand. It began in a small steel container with seven trainees – today the Liebherr Academy has training areas covering more than 10,500 square metres and provides training in eleven occupations. These range from mechanical design or cutting machine engineer to industrial electrical engineer or metal technology specialist.
The Academy has special practice areas for welding and is one of twelve recognised centres of competence for control and automation engineering and for CNC machining in Germany. This certification is awarded by Festo Didactic, a world-leading service provider in the area of technical education and skills development, to companies with particularly comprehensive technical facilities and experienced trainers. This is complemented by a 4,500-square-metre training area, which is integrated in the Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock production plant. Here, the trainees work directly on customer projects from the second year of their apprenticeship onwards and rotate through all the Maritime Cranes production areas.