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Charging Ahead on Tracks of Innovation - Siedlce's Unique Industry Skills Centre

Charging Ahead on Tracks of Innovation - Siedlce's Unique Industry Skills Centre
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15 / 06 / 2023

As technology continues to revolutionise our world, sectors like the railway industry cannot afford to be left behind. To ensure the industry's growth and competitiveness, PKP Intercity, the Railway Employers' Union, and the City of Siedlce have joined forces to establish a cutting-edge Industry Skills Centre (Branżowe Centrum Umiejętności, or BCU) in Siedlce.

With a budget of PLN 13.5 million, the centre is expected to equip 460 individuals with unique competencies in the rail sector by the end of June 2026. Marzena Machałek, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education and Science, expressed her delight at this move, citing the role of such centres in preparing the sector for a technological leap.

The Industry Skills Centres serve as strategic competence-building centres, fostering a collaborative environment between industries, employers, and educational institutions. They are pivotal in nurturing the future workforce while allowing for the further education of adults and the qualification of teachers. The Siedlce BCU will be a high-tech training hub for railway system interoperability, preparing staff for roles such as railway transport technician, railway vehicle technician, rail transport electrical technician, and rail vehicle mechanic. According to Artur Resmer, a Member of the Management Board of PKP Intercity, the centre will not only encourage students to venture into railway careers but also provide retraining opportunities for professionals in other fields.

Slated to be integrated into the educational system by December 2024, BCU’s educational activities are set to start shortly afterwards. The centre will provide training to a mix of adults, young people, and vocational education teachers, with support from PKP Intercity S.A. and the Union of Railway Employers. A key feature of the training programmes will be the issuing of an industry skills certificate upon completion, underscoring the BCU's commitment to equipping individuals with the necessary skills and qualifications for the future of railways. With such a progressive approach, the Siedlce BCU is poised to become a unique competence development centre, solidifying the city's place in the country's railway development journey.