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Special performance at the Raimund Theater for ÖBB- apprentices

On May 9th, 2017 around 1,100 ÖBB-apprentices followed the invitation of CEO Andreas Matthä for this year’s musical event in the Raimund Theater, including many apprentices of the Rail Cargo Group from all over Austria. With “Schikaneder” a turbulent love story, playing in the 18th century – the apprentices could immerse into the life of the actor and poet Emanuel Schikaneder and his wife Eleonore.

Unique experience

“For the fourth time, we are able to say ‘thank you’ together with the Vereinigte Bühnen for your great commitment in our concern.” Silvia Angelo – ÖBB Infrastructure Director – said to apprentices and trainers as introduction at the beginning of the musical.

With this musical visit the company thanks all apprentices and trainers of the entire ÖBB for their great engagement all year round.

1,100 apprentices with their trainers are waiting in front of the Raimund Theater in Vienna and are looking forward to this year’s performance “Schikaneder”. ©️ÖBB/Knopp

Employees of tomorrow

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are the largest technical instructor in Austria, but also offer commercial and freight forwarding training courses are offered. Around 50 million Euros will be invested in apprenticeship training in the next few years, in order to continue the long tradition of apprenticeship.

This year our musical visit came to an end with a thundering applause. The greater is the anticipation for the next musical.

Of course, the Rail Cargo Group also sent their apprentices. From all the federal provinces, they came to Vienna together with their trainers to witness this year’s spectacle.

“It is very nice, the ÖBB organized something like that. On the one hand, it is a diversification to the workplace, and on the other, there is no harm to history and culture”, says Clemens Pohanka, RCG-apprentice in the third year of apprenticeship.

For apprentices in the first year of apprenticeship it is a great new experience. With full enthusiasm, they came out of the theatre at the end of the event. It is a good opportunity for them to get in touch with other apprentices and to make new connections.

“Musicals give us an insight into art and culture. I am glad that the ÖBB has made this visit possible and look forward to next year “, thanked Melanie Komarek, RCG apprentice in her first year.

Jasmin Mayrhofer, Sebastian Zalewski, Peter Philip and Patrick Gamsjäger (from left to right) had a lot of fun. The enthusiasm in their faces is quite evident. ©️ÖBB/Knopp

“In the name of all RCG apprentices, we would like to thank everyone who organized this event so well for us. We have been able to take part at the musical for the second time, and as every year, we were impressed that the ÖBB enabled such an event for us. Thus, the ÖBB shows us, that we are a huge and important part of the company.

We and all other apprentices – look forward to the next musical”,

Lukas Hornek and Lisa Eckelhart, RCG apprentices in the 2nd year of apprenticeship

Our day at the musical on video (in german):