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Production at Škoda Group to Be Boosted by New Employees

Production at Škoda Group to Be Boosted by New Employees
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25 / 08 / 2023

The Škoda Group's Pilsen plant has started cross-border cooperation with Indonesia. It will provide students of local polytechnic schools with a two-year internship in its plants. The young electromechanics, welders, and locksmiths will help the company to cope with the pace of production, which is growing thanks to new orders. The unique project will help fill the very positions that are in critical short supply in the region. There is currently a shortage of up to 300,000 workers in manufacturing positions in the Czech Republic.

The first twenty students have already arrived in the Czech Republic and will undergo several weeks of training to learn local working practices. In total, up to 300 Indonesian students are expected to find employment at Škoda Group over the next two years. "The project is unique not only because of the high number of employees from outside the EU but also because of its concept. At the same time, our employees remain students at polytechnics in Indonesia. They come to us for a two-year paid work placement, which ends with a certificate of completion in Indonesia. It will enable them to gain better employment on the local labor market later on," explains Šárka Moučková, Vice President HR at Škoda Group and emphasizes that employees from Indonesia will have comparable conditions to Czech employees. The company currently has hundreds of positions advertised, mainly in Pilsen and Ostrava.

"We have a strong tradition of manufacturing companies in the Pilsen Region. We are an industrial region, and we also have low unemployment. The number of graduates in technical fields is still insufficient for the needs of the labor market, and therefore, I am sympathetic to foreign recruitment. I appreciate that the project of the Plzeň Škoda plant is conceptual and has the support of many institutions," said Rudolf Špoták, the Governor of the Plzeň Region.

"Unfortunately, the domestic labor market is currently unable to offer enough qualified workers. The Czech Republic has only 9,600 places per year allocated for the employment of non-EU citizens, so economic migration programs are currently overloaded, and companies wait six months or even a year for new employees. It is therefore necessary to support similar innovative projects," said Radek Jakubský, Vice President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce.

The project took nine months to prepare. During the first mission to Indonesia, Škoda Group representatives checked the quality of schools and candidates and opened discussions with the Ministry of Education about possible cooperation. The Ministry of Industry and Trade discussed the possibility of creating their labor migration program with clear rules and a focus on fields of study. The initiative was supported by both the Government of Indonesia and the Czech Republic. "We are confident that this initiative will be successful. We are paving the way to create an effective system that will allow companies to attract the necessary workers from abroad with clear rules and government support," says Šárka Moučková.

Nearly 900 students from 10 polytechnics in Indonesia applied for the competition. Together, they took exams focusing on both professional knowledge and technical skills over three weeks. The 300 selected students, aged 21 to 29, will join their Czech counterparts over the next two years. They will initially be assisted by a team of translators and coordinators, with English being the primary language used for communication in the workplace. To facilitate integration, all newcomers will also undergo an induction course at the training center, after which they will be able to work in production.

"Everyone benefits from our project. The Czech Republic will have a payroll taxpayer for two years. Indonesia will get experienced employees for its growing industry after two years. The students will get adequate wages and experience, and Škoda Group will get employees with low turnover and motivation to learn new things for two years," concludes Šárka Moučková.

Source: Škoda Group