Representatives of Technological Initiative Pilsen, z.s.p.o. (the interest association of corporate entities, hereinafter TIP) met with Milan Chovanec, Governor of the Pilsen region, in the U Matasů restaurant in Pilsen, on 6 March 2013 at 18:00.
The TIP association was represented by representatives of EvoBus Bohemia, GRAMMER CZ, ZF Engineering, SWA, MBtech Bohemia and Blue Projects Agency. The meeting was also attended by representatives of AB Facility, AK Görges & Partners and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (hereinafter ZČU).
The critical problem encountered by most TIP members, i.e. shortage of technically qualified workers in the industry, was presented on behalf of TIP by its Chairman, Mr. Johannes Heidecker.
Governor Milan Chovanec welcomed the TIP´s initiative and informed its members that he was aware of the mentioned problem in its full scope. Leaders of the Pilsen region had already made some steps that should help to improve the situation. They include, among other things, starting of an endowment fund to finance activities aimed at increasing the interest in technical studies among students in the Pilsen region and to promote this topic that is so crucial for the region.
Josef Basl, Vice Rector of ZČU, stated that the university was well aware of the situation and on this occasion he requested the industrial companies for direct and indirect support to schools in their efforts to increase the number of students of technical specializations. Governor Chovanec also proposed that representatives of TIP should be involved in Tripartite consultations of the Pilsen region and he invited members of the industrial enterprises to attend missions promoting regional industrial businesses abroad.
Participants of the meetings agreed to continue the mutual cooperation, to consult and to coordinate their further steps in this matter.