MMFD Modelo Mexicano de Formación Dual

Miguel Monroy, head of the employerassociation in Coahuila, reported on the successful model.

Success model with RHI and Mondi

In September 2017, 160 young people started their apprenticeships as industrial electricians or mechanics at the site of RHI in Ramos Arizpe. At the location of Mondi in Monterrey it was 133. This means that in the two northern states of Mexico, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, 503 apprentices are now in training at a total of 52 companies – the fruits of the work ICEP carried out on behalf of and together with RHI and Mondi between September 2013 and June 2017. Both programmes were funded by the Austrian Development Agency as part of economic partnerships and successfully handed over to the local partners in 2016/2017.

A Visit from Mexico

Miguel Monroy Robles is the managing director of the employer association Coparmex Coahuila and was a guest in Vienna at the beginning of November. He led the implementation of the Mexican dual training programs of Mondi and RHI – with know-how support from ICEP – and is now responsible for the further implementation and expansion of the program in Coahuila. In addition to a few company visits, ICEP and Miguel Monroy organised an exchange with companies in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and discussions with vocational training experts from WKO and the Austrian Development Agency.

Die duale Berufsausbildung von RHI ist ideal, um mich auf mein geplantes Mechatronik-Studium und das spätere Berufsleben vorzubereiten. Ich bin mir sicher, das mir die Ausbildung den Einstieg ins Berufsleben bestimmt sehr erleichtern wird.

Jordy de León


Wir freuen uns, dass wir mit RHI und Mondi gemeinsam mit uns ein Projekt realisiert, das eine gesellschaftliche Breitenwirkung hat und so einen Mehrwert schafft, der weit über das unternehmerische Interesse hinausgeht.

Martin Ledolter

Geschäftsführer ADA

Diese Ausbildung bei Mondi war eine unglaubliche Chance für mich. Ich bin heute Werkzeugmacher und habe eine feste Stelle, die gut bezahlt ist und in der ich auch meine Zukunft sehe. Meine Eltern sind sehr stolz auf mich.

Edgar Uriel Sanchez Trujillo


With strong partners on site in
Coahuila and Monterrey

For training programmes to be integrated into local structures – and to impact broadly and sustainably – strong local partners are needed. RHI and Mondi relied on the cooperation with the local employers’ association Coparmex Coahuila for the introduction of the Mexican model of dual training in Northern Mexico. Right from the start, the aim of both programmes was not only to train for one’s own needs, but also to strongly engage local companies.

Dual vocational training has no tradition in Mexico and so, despite established framework conditions on a national level, the practical implementation was completely new territory for training centres and companies. To promote the cooperation between training centres and companies, an expert is needed at the interface. Coparmex – or Miguel Monroy Robles and his team – assumed this function.

Coparmex Coahuila also provided companies and training centers with active support in setting up localised “apprenticeships” based on the concept of dual training. A lack of know-how and the fear of training for the competition could be countered with individual support. In addition, it proved necessary to train teachers and in-company trainers for quality assurance, as training in the school and in the company needs to be accorded in order to provide needs-oriented training.

Pillars of dual education

The success of setting up a dual education program depends on four pillars of activities, which need to be implemented:

1. Training of teachers: To prepare teachers from local vocational schools for dual vocational training.
2. Instructor training for master craftsmen: All participating companies need trained and certified master craftsmen.
3. Communication and PR: To guarantee the structural anchoring of dual education and convince companies to take apprentices.
4. Recruiting of apprentices: The local partners have to set up an assessment centre that pre-selects potential apprentices.

Partnerships with Social Impact

apprentices trained by now

Created apprenticeship places in companies

Companies that train apprentices today

Company trainers who have been certified

The establishment of a successful model in picture

“Best Partnership”

On the 19th of June, the Youth Employability Program, developed by ICEP for the Austrian refractories group RHI and implemented in Mexico and Turkey, was awarded the TRIGOS prize in the category “Best Partnership”.“The award is a nice recognition of our solid work in the area of CSR”, commented Thomas Jakowiak, Chief Sales Officer Industrial, who received the award in the name of the entire Management Board. Partnerships between companies and NGOs thrive when the venture in developing countries is based on sustainable pillars and a win-win situation for companies and society.


RHI and Mondi have initiated sustainable change processes in technical vocational training in northern Mexico through the involvement of associations, public administration, NGOs and companies. We are now examining how we can transfer the successful Mexican model to India for RHI and to Morocco and the Ivory Coast for Mondi.

ICEP supports companies to implement their social responsibility in targeted corporate social responsibility projects. For the benefit of the people in emerging and developing countries and for the benefit of the company.

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ICEP supports companies with its know-how from the determination of an idea to the development and conceptualization of a strategy to its implementation and evaluation. ICEP can rely on yearlong experience in project management in developing countries and can fall back on expertise in specific fields such as community development or vocational training.

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Together with companies, ICEP generates tailored solutions for concrete social challenges. ICEP connects corporate goals with existing resources and know-how with innovative approaches, so that both the company as well as society can benefit.


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Die Austrian Development Agency (ADA) offers funding facilities for projects by enterprises that are engaged in a development country or emerging nation over the long term and contribute to sustainable development in the process. The project must add value that would not be generated without assistance. One basic requirement is that the company makes a contribution itself, be it in terms of cash and non-cash benefits, services, technical or business expertise or technologies.

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