Representatives of Technological Initiative Pilsen (TIP) met with representatives of TEO – Association for Development of Technical Specialist Education and Human Resources in Tachov District (TEO) at the headquarters of GRAMMER CZ, s.r.o., in Tachov on 5 February 2013.
Members of TIP include EvoBus Bohemia s.r.o., GRAMMER CZ, s.r.o. ZF Engineering Plzeň s.r.o., JITONA a.s., MECAS ESI s.r.o., GOLDRATT CZ, s.r.o. and Blue Projects Agency s.r.o. Associated partners of TIP include SWA, s.r.o., MBtech Bohemia s.r.o., Driessen Aerospace CZ, s.r.o., IHK Regensburg and Česko-německá obchodní a průmyslová komora. Members of TEO include companies and institutions from and around the town of Tachov, such as BHS CORRUGATED Fertigungs, Montage, Service s. r. o, Formy Tachov s.r.o, ROTAREX PRAHA spol. s.r.o., GRAMMER CZ s.r.o., závod Tachov, INOTECH ČR spol. s.r.o., Kermi s.r.o., Technické pružiny SCHERDEL s.r.o., KETNET s.r.o., IDEAL AUTOMOTIVE Bor s.r.o., FRANZ EDER Tachov a.s. and Střední průmyslová škola, Tachov, Světce 1.
The representatives of both the associations discussed the long-term dismal situation in the CzechRepublic, which constantly suffers from a shortage of skilled workforce with technical education. There is a shortage of technically educated graduates of both secondary and tertiary schools. Another topic was the retention of pupils and students in companies that have motivated them to study technical specialisations (e.g., by providing grants and practical training, cooperation on diploma theses, etc.).
The members and partners of both the associations shared their practical experiences with the issues and agreed that the attempts to resolve the problem so far have had little effect from the long-term perspective. The meeting participants agreed on joint and coordinated action. The first joint step will be to set up a taskforce for coordinating the companies’ actions. The aim of the taskforce is to define a project that will actively promote the issue of shortage of technically trained and educated workers in the Czech industrial sector, establish contact with other partners with similar interests, establish a platform for support to educational institutions, and channel communication about the issue with government bodies.
The project motto should be increasing the attractiveness of technical study specialisations among children, young people and their parents. The first meeting of the taskforce is expected to take place by the end of February 2013. The managements of companies involved in the project are ready to inform the public about their experience with the shortage of technically educated workers. For the support to the information campaign, TIP has received the right to use the “Mechanical Memory Key” photograph from Rob Smith of the United Kingdom for non-commercial use.
The industrial companies in both the associations hereby send the following message to the public: We offer enough jobs, but only for technical specialisations! Study technical specialisations!
On behalf of TIP, Pavel Duchek