18 March 2019

Cooperation between companies and schools as a way of filling the gap on the labour market

Specialists of Kolej Bałtycka (Baltic Railway), along with teachers and the Local Education Authority of Szczecin, will create an educational program to help in activation of a profiled class specializing in the areas of transport, freight forwarding and logistics. It is one of the topics to be discussed at the West Pomeranian Education Congress held on 19th March in Szczecin.

This year, during the West Pomeranian Education Congress, we want to focus on an educational program that will allow establishing a class educating future specialists in the sectors of freight forwarding, transport and logistics. They will be freight forwarders, machinery operators as well as candidates for posts in the railway sector. Our experts, together with professional teachers, will endeavour to determine the program in such a way so that future graduates of secondary schools and vocational schools will be prepared for work in our industry as best as possible. In consequence, the graduates will find good jobs quickly and an employer will have a young specialist, well prepared for work in its team,” informs Dariusz Trzciński, President of Kolej Bałtycka, a company from OT Logistics Capital Group.

For a long time, companies from OT Logistics Capital Group operating in the region of West Pomerania Voivodeship have been engaged in development of vocational education. For a year, OT Logistics S.A., Kolej Bałtycka S.A. and the Home Army School Complex No 4 in Szczecin have held a cooperation agreement, meant to counteract the effects of a generation gap in railway industry occupations, including among train drivers. “We have also launched the “From a trainee to a specialist” program, within which young people can plan their traineeships jointly with us in occupations related to the railway industry. Our attitude to the traineeship term is elastic and we adapt its curriculum to pupils’ interests,” Dariusz Trzciński adds.

The Home Army School Complex No 4 in Szczecin consists of the Railway Technical College (commonly called “Kolejówka” – “Railly”) and the Vocational School of the First Degree No 3. The institutions prepare students to work, for example, as electrical technicians, freight forwarding technicians, automation technicians, renewable energy devices and systems technicians. In the school year 2019/2020, the school intends to launch education in the following occupations: railway transport technicians and rail transport power engineering technicians. All vocational courses are carried out by experienced teachers and the school ensures access to modern vocational learning laboratories. The school cooperates with other educational institutions (for instance the West Pomeranian University of Technology (ZUT)) and employers.

The West Pomeranian Local Education Superintendent in cooperation with the West Pomeranian Voivode invite to the West Pomeranian Education Congress with the participation of management staff of the Ministry of National Education. The meeting will also be attended by representatives of companies operating in the region of the West Pomerania Voivodeship. Agenda of the event is available here.

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