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Apprenticeship

What apprenticeships does Kapsch TrafficCom offer?

The following apprenticeships are available at Kapsch:

  • industrial clerk
  • information technology systems engineer

What apprenticeships does Kapsch TrafficCom offer?

Are there any trial days for the apprenticeships offered at Kapsch TrafficCom?

For the technical apprenticeships in IT systems engineering  "trial days" are held every spring and fall.

Find out the exact dates of this year's trial days

Please note: As the number of participants per trial day is limited, it is necessary that you sign up in advance. 

Do not forget: to submit a letter of consent from your school. It's a prerequisite for successful registration.

Register for a trial day at Kapsch

When is the best time to apply?

We recommend you apply from November to February. Applicants with the best applications will be invited to an aptitude test at the beginning of the new year.

Tip: Make sure you pay particular attention to the integrity of your application documents. These include your CV, a letter of motivation (for the apprenticeship you want to complete), as well as the last two school reports (depending on the date of application: school report and annual report or annual report and school report)

I have applied for an apprenticeship at Kapsch TrafficCom. How long will I have to wait for an answer?

If your application impressed us, we will ask you to take an aptitude test. If you pass this test, you will be invited to a job interview. Normally, you will hear back from us within a few weeks. However, at the latest, you will know if you were accepted for an apprenticeship in spring – that's when we will have filled all apprenticeship positions.  

What will the interview be about?

You will be invited to come to the job interview with one or both of your parents or legal guardians. Typical topics of conversation include:

  • information on Kapsch TrafficCom
  • your motivation for choosing the apprenticeship

If you would like to prepare for the interview: Important information on Kapsch TrafficCom can be found both in the career portal and on the Kapsch TrafficCom website.

In which subject areas should I prepare for the aptitude test?

Preparation tips:

  • for the technical apprenticeships: mathematics, German, and natural sciences
  • for the commercial apprenticeship: German, but also mathematics, as you will work together with engineers

Please note: Kapsch TrafficCom is an internationally acting company, so good English skills are important for both apprenticeships. 

In which language will the test be held?

For the most part, the test will be in German. However, commercial apprentices will also have to do a part in English. Your knowledge of grammar will be tested, and a few sentences have to be translated.

How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

The commercial apprenticeship takes three years to complete and the apprenticeship in IT systems engineering takes four years.

Is it possible to join an apprenticeship in the second year?

As we also offer a two-year basic training program, we only allow apprenticeships starting from the very beginning.

When does training start?

Every year on September 1.

Which school will I attend during my apprenticeship?

Industrial clerks:

Vocational School for Industry, Finance & Transport

Längenfeldgasse 13-15, 1120 Vienna

Information technology systems engineers:

Vocational School for Information Technology

Mollardgasse 87, 1060 Vienna

Mechatronics engineers:

Vocational School for Electrical Engineering and Mechatronics

Mollardgasse 87, 1060 Vienna

More information:

Apprenticeships, school, timetable and curriculum

Vocational schools for technical professions

Vocational school for industrial clerks

How and where will I spend my training time?

Information technology 

During training, apprentices will attend vocational school in Vienna for around ten weeks per apprenticeship year. Lessons are held either as intensive courses lasting several days in a row and/or on individual days of every work week.

In the first two years, the Kapsch training workshop serves as the training location and your entry point into the technical world of information technology and mechatronics. You will be provided with the theoretical and practical knowledge that equips you for the coming two years of training. During the apprenticeship, you will also have the opportunity to take part in additional training courses – for instance, in English or social skills. Preparation for the final apprenticeship examination takes place at the training workshop as well.

Apprenticeship as an industrial clerk

The apprenticeship takes three years to complete and mainly consists of on-the-job training at the company and theoretical lessons held at vocational school. You will attend vocational school for ten weeks per apprenticeship year on individual days of every work week. At the beginning of the apprenticeship period, apprentices spend two weeks in the Kapsch training workshop where they learn more about EDP, among other things. You will move between departments several times during your training. This allows you to gather experience in various areas, as well as discover the activities and fields of work that you enjoy most.

A contact person in the apprenticeship department is available to apprentices at all times. This person provides support in all matters they need help with, from the very first day through to their final exam.

Is it possible to take the Berufsmatura (combined apprenticeship and Matura, an ‘A’ level equivalent qualification) during my apprenticeship?

Yes, Kapsch TrafficCom will actively support apprentices pursuing a Berufsmatura. 

How are my working hours organized?

Weekly working hours amount to 38.5 hours. Under-18-year-olds may not work more than nine hours in one day.

How many weeks of vacation am I entitled to?

Apprentices are entitled to 25 working days of vacation per year. Dates must be coordinated with the respective supervisor.

What will my salary be?

As of May 1, 2022, taking an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk, IT systems engineer  you will earn the salaries listed below. Whether you hold an ‘A’ level equivalent qualification (Matura) also affects your salary.

  • 1st year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,105.00 gross without Matura and EUR 1,381.25  with Matura (14 payments per year)
  • 2nd year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,381.25 gross without Matura and EUR 1,795.63 with Matura (14 payments per year)
  • 3rd year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,657.50 gross without Matura and EUR 2,071.88 with Matura (14 payments per year)
  • 4th year of apprenticeship: EUR 2,154.75 gross without Matura and EUR 2,289.43 with Matura (14 payments per year)

Will I receive a bonus payment for good performance?

Bonus payments for apprentices:

Assessments at Kapsch TrafficCom take place every six months. In the first year of your apprenticeship and depending on the outcome of the assessment, you can get up to 20 hours of free time. In the following half-year periods, a bonus of up to EUR 300.00 is possible – again, depending on the outcome of the assessment.

Of course, Kapsch TrafficCom also rewards good performance at vocational school. The basis for this is your annual report. For outstanding performance, you'll receive a bonus of EUR 200.00, and for good performance EUR 70.00.

Kapsch TrafficCom apprentices with excellent success at school in the second and third or third and fourth apprenticeship year (depending on the apprenticeship) receive an award from the City School Board. The reward for this achievement is a bonus payment of EUR 400.00.

A final apprenticeship examination with excellent results is rewarded with EUR 400.00 as well. 

Kapsch TrafficCom also rewards you with a bonus for a first, second or third place in a vocational competition.

Possible bonuses: EUR 100.00, EUR 70.00 or EUR 50.00.

Can I do some of my training abroad?

Yes, under certain circumstances, an internship abroad is possible for apprentices as part of the international exchange of skilled workers.

Prerequisites for an internship abroad: 

  • apprentices are in their second year of the apprenticeship or later
  • minimum age: 16 years
  • good performance in school, good command of English

What if I don’t like the profession I chose in the beginning? Is it possible to switch to another apprenticeship within the company?

Although it is possible, we only allow this in certain cases and under certain circumstances. It is possible to change from one technical profession to another. However, it is not possible to change from a technical to a commercial occupation, as hardly any training periods or contents can be credited in this case.

What are my career prospects at Kapsch TrafficCom?

Once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship, there are many career paths open to you at a national and international level. If you actively contribute your skills and talents, professional development is possible at all times. There are wide-ranging fields of work and extensive possibilities available to you at Kapsch TrafficCom.

The best example of this? 

Martin Fichtner. He started as an apprentice at Kapsch and is now Managing Director of Kapsch Components.

Are there any employee benefits at Kapsch TrafficCom?

In addition to your apprentice remuneration and possible bonus payments for good performance, you will also receive various employee benefits such as a meal allowance, days off if they fall between a public holiday and a weekend, etc.

Other benefits: discounts and special shopping conditions at the partner shops of the Kapsch TrafficCom

Go to the Kapsch Benefits

Will there be any financial assistance with the cost of using public transportation?

As an apprentice, you are given an apprentice free travel card by the transport operators.