School and dormitory
The Mostviertler Bildungshof is a boarding school. Half of the students are residents, which mean that they live in the boarding house from Monday to Friday.
There is no tuition fee, for board and lodging the amount is € 280,10
The dormitory consists of 30 rooms en-suite. Up to 3 students live in one room.
Spare time activities
The school is equipped with a football ground, a beach-volleyball field, facilities for running and all kinds of athletics. For indoor activities snooker tables, tennis tables, a fitness room, a gym, a sauna and for relaxing TV-sets and a lounge is offered.
The school is provided with modern classrooms and two IT-suites.
Multimedia projectors and computers are installed in each classroom.
The curriculum is divided in theoretical lessons and a practical training programme.
The Modular School System
The curriculum is based on a modular system.
Module 1 - Basic Training
This module lasts two years and provides basic and general knowledge. It replaces the last (9th) year of compulsory schooling and the compulsory vocational education.
Module 2 - Special Training
This module lasts one year - including work experience. Specialized knowledge, management training and professional skills are the prime aim. Students graduate with the “Mittlere Reife- or “Intermediate Degree”- which enables to decide for further education and replaces the examination in apprenticeship in Farming & Agriculture.
Module 3 - Training for Entrepreneurs
This module includes 500 lessons of education and enables the students to get the master diploma.
Branches of the school:
Giesshuebl offers two branches of education –
the technical agricultural training and the home management training.
The Technical Agricultural Training
The classical agricultural education is divided into practical and theoretical subjects and supplies the students with skills in Plant production, Animal husbandry, Forestry, Farm machinery, Fruit growing and processing, Constructing, Economics, Management, English, Computers and general knowledge.
In the third year our students can choose between the subjects “Hunting”, where they get their hunting exam or “Stallprofi” where they get a certificate for being professional farm labourer.
The special fields of the school are:
Pig Farming (feeding, husbandry, breeding, marketing, animal health)
Fruit Wine Production (fruit growing and processing, producing fruit wine, liqueurs, vinegar,...)
The Centre for Piggery at Giesshuebl:
The refocussing of the Agricultural School Giesshuebl culminated in the 2001 decision to build a centre for piggery.
Three self-employed farmers run this state-of-the-art production centre, which also serves the school`s training and research needs.
The Home Management Training
The basic training in Home Management is divided into practical and theoretical subjects such as Home Management, Cooking, Gardening, Sewing, Textile handicraft, Gardening, Economics, Management and general knowledge.
The special training in Module 2 is focused on Social Services.
In the final year the students get - if they have the required work experience - the certificates in nursery-assistant, child-minder, kindergarden-assistant, family-assistant and office-worker in medical affairs.
“Dorfhelfer” support on farms
They pitch in, if the farmer drops out.
The training lasts from September till June and includes a lot of practical trainings on the farms.
Child and youth mentoring
Agricultural practical training on farms
Practical training in autumn
Practical training on a specialized farm
Practical training in spring
Fields of responsibility:
Vocational matriculation examination
In Gießhübl you also have the chance to take your vocational matriculation examination after you have successfully completed an agricultural vocational school. This is possible because of the cooperation with the Francisco Josephinum.
The course lasts from September to June and you’ll have to do the following courses
Five hours written exam AND an oral exam in German
Four hours written exam in Mathematics
Five hours written exam OR an oral exam in English
Five hours written exam in a special field OR writing a thesis on a higher level
Machine production technicians
This unique training is organized in cooperation with the vocational school Amstetten. The conditions to take part in this apprenticeship are technical knowledge, three-dimensional imagination, and the willingness for correct and exact work. Machine production technicians work in companies of industry.
They check and repair machines and devices, install new equipment and put it into operation. There they work with different materials, especially metals and handle them by spinning, filing, welding etc.
They mount components and steerings, check machines with functional disorders and change defective parts.