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Lafarge in Poland and Elgra Engineering offer students the chance to study automation

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Lafarge in Poland and Elgra Engineering have joined forces to support young people in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region. The companies signed an agreement with the Private School Complex in Piechcin, under which another patronage class will be created. From the new school year, all students from the region will be able to study as an automation specialist. In February 2021, this profession was included in the list of the 28 most wanted and key professions for the development of the country, published by the Ministry of Education and Science.

This is the second patronage class that is substantively supported by Lafarge in Poland. In December 2018, the company launched the first-class patronage programme at the ZSN in Piechcin, thanks to which students could learn to become a locksmith, welder or mechanic. It was also made possible by internships at Parem, one of the main subcontractors of the Kujawy Cement Plant. Thanks to the support of Elgra Engineering, it is possible to start a new training programme for the profession of automation.

“I am glad that we went back to the roots and the best traditions when the school in Piechcin was a company school. Despite the changes resulting from the transformation, we want to continue to cooperate and create new opportunities for the development of students in the entire region,” says Marek Michalski, Director of the Kujawy Cement Plant . “The development of technology, widespread digitisation and new trends in industry that mark the 21st century are conducive to teaching young people today through the prism of modern trends. Elgra Engineering is a great specialist in the automation and robotics market – fields that are already changing the face of industry and economy.”

Elgra Engineering, a Polish company from Inowroclaw, has been advising and providing solutions in the field of industrial automation for over 20 years, commissioning process installations, and is also responsible for the implementation of production line systems. The company has implemented over 600 industrial automation applications in over 10 countries around the world. Many years of investments in staff and experience in international projects have strengthened the company in making the decision to participate in the practical learning of the profession of students in the field of mechanics, electrics and automation.

“The development of industrial automation in Poland means, first of all, adapting to new business conditions and acquiring new competences. Our activity is closely related to digitisation, and therefore constant change, so we know how important it is to get to know this industry from an early age,” says Waldemar Smolinski, President of the Management Board, Elgra Engineering. He adds, “After years of supporting this branch of the economy, we can say that everything is based primarily on good competences and knowledge of the specifics of our industry. Automation is the profession of the future, so we are glad that we can participate in the creation of new human resources for Industry 4.0.”

The patronage class with the automation professional profile is a response to the forecast of the Ministry of Education and Science regarding the demand for employees in professional education professions on the national and provincial labour market. In February 2021, the automation profession was included in the group of 28 most sought after and key professions for the country's development for the third time in a row.

“Automation is a specific profession that combines the competences of many fields, such as electrics, mechanics, hydraulics, pneumatics, but also programming elements. Therefore, people who have such knowledge and skills are highly sought after on the labour market and appreciated by employers. We are glad that we will be able to offer our students just such a form of education”, says Przemyslaw Roszek, President of the Management Board, Paluckie Association ‘Przyszlosc’.

The class with an automatic profile at the First Degree Industry School starts in the autumn of the 2021/2022 school year and is addressed to all eighth grade graduates in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodeship. Students will carry out activities under the supervision of experienced teachers of the First Degree industry school, teachers of vocational subjects, as well as experts from Elgra Engineering. Recruitment will start on 17 May. 15 students will be admitted to the class.

“The patronage agreement with Lafarge and Elgra is the third agreement signed at the Private School Complex. We are glad that students who start learning at our school in September will gain new competences. The more that the profession of automation is very much awaited on the labour market. We invite primary school graduates from the entire voivodeship to submit their applications from 17 May,” says Renata Koszczewska-Smutek, Deputy President of the Board, Paluckie Stowarzyszenie Przyszlosc.

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