The Katowice Special Economic Zone (KSEZ), Vocational Education Center (ZDZ) in Katowice, Festo and the Silesia Automotive cluster have created a competence center. The undertaking is being carried out under the patronage of the Katowice City’s mayor, Piotr Uszok. The involved parties signed an agreement of cooperation On Wednesday.
The main purpose of the center is to create a hub where employees will be able to increase their work skills and adjust them to the needs of employers. The training courses will be addressed to the automotive sector in the first instance. The automotive companies have already invested PLN 13 billion in Poland. 40 manufacturing plants are located in the Upper Silesia region where about 30 thousand people are hired.
Periodical researches say, that one of the main barriers for the sector is the insufficient adjustment of workers’ professional qualifications to the employers expectations. „There is a huge potential in the region, especially in the context of positive business forecast for the automotive sector. We want to create a place and make the training tools available for companies within the project, that they will develop and decrease their costs” – said Piotr Wojaczek, KSSE’s president of the board.
In general, ZDZ will provide rooms for the trainings, Festo – a worldwide leading supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology – was engaged to prepare training tools and equipment, while KSSE and the Silesia Automotive cluster will promote the project amongst companies.