Four employees from Austrian fittings manufacturer Blum have triumphed at EuroSkills 2021, the European vocational skills championship, where young skilled professionals from across Europe come together to demonstrate their various skills.
At the seventh edition of the skills championship, which was the first to be held in Austria, the four participants from Blum – Kevin Emhofer (CNC Turning), Mike Fink (CNC Milling), Lukas Schwärzler (Industrial Mechanics) and Lucas Dolinar (CAD Design) – showcased their talent and took home one silver and three bronze medals.
"We are extremely proud of all our competitors and overjoyed by their outstanding achievements," said Dieter Hämmerle, head of vocational training at Blum. "The best of the best compete at EuroSkills. The right frame of mind, nerves of steel and tolerances of a thousandth of a millimetre are crucial here. Our intensive preparation, which includes mental coaching and team building exercises, has definitely paid off.
"This international competition is very important to us as a company that believes in training and apprenticeships because it also puts the quality of our vocational training to the test time and time again. Everyone is talking about the shortage of skilled professionals. These kinds of competitions are all the more reason to help counteract this. Next time, I hope that we can compete with even more participants – and perhaps some female competitors too."
Pictured from left to right are: Lucas Dolinar, Mike Fink, Lukas Schwärzler and Kevin Emhofer.