Under the leadership of the Swiss Plastics Cluster efforts are undertaken to create an apprentice training center for third party courses of plastics technologists. More concretely, it is foreseen to integrate the training center within the activities of the Plastics Innovation Competence Center which is expected to start its operations in spring 2016 and is hosted within the innovation hub BlueFactory in Fribourg. The focus is hereby placed on third-party training in year 3 and 4 of the apprenticeship program and will be held in exclusively in French with its first intake of students in 2017.
In 2016 the Swiss Plastics Clusters aims consequently to get in touch with companies of the plastics processing industry in the French-speaking part of Switzerland to obtain a critical mass of students and companies that are willing to take on apprentices in plastics technology. Besides, the Swiss Plastics Cluster will be get in contact with the respective heads of apprentice education in French-speaking Switzerland in order to be informed about key requirements and framework conditions which tend to vary from canton to canton.
A first workshop on apprentice education „Certified Plastics Technologists“ took place in Fribourg on June 11th 2015.
Link Workshop and flyer 11 June 2015