FOCUS SHORT

Experts wanted

ŽILINA-based carmaker Kia Motors Slovakia is having difficultly filling vacancies due to a shortage of suitable and experienced candidates for numerous key positions.

ŽILINA-based carmaker Kia Motors Slovakia is having difficultly filling vacancies due to a shortage of suitable and experienced candidates for numerous key positions.

Those positions include varnisher, toolmaker, press operator, CNC machine and robot operator, quality engineer, machinist, electro-technician for maintenance and facilities, Jozef Bačé, spokesperson of Kia Motors Slovakia, told The Slovak Spectator.

The carmaker sees several factors behind the shortage of these specialists, with Bačé citing a lower number of school leavers attending programmes in fields for which there is demand, lower interest among children and parents in the given fields, and a weaker theoretical (and especially practical) preparation of students.

“We try to solve the problem of the shortage in specialists mostly by training employees already working in our company, [as well as] more detailed training in the workplace or in some of the suppliers of the technologies,” said Bačé.

According to the carmaker, when planning the capacities of individual study fields, secondary schools and regional governments should take into consideration the real situation on the labour market and cooperate more with companies in the region.

“Afterward, school leavers would have a higher chance of using the obtained skills in practice and would not end up at the job offices,” said Bačé, adding that the carmaker is cooperating with secondary vocational schools over the long term. It has already launched its own education programmes with elements of a dual education system.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Career and HR


Top stories

Slovakia shoulders a heavier tax-levy burden than most, experts opine

The Slovak tax system is more generous to families than to single persons.

In the field of corporate taxation, Slovakia ranks among the most burdened of OECD countries.

First-aid kits in cars will not have to be replaced after expiration

The expiration will not be checked anymore, the Transport Ministry has decided.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia's best photo of 2019: Kočner hiding in a police car

Take a look at the best photos from the 2019 Slovak Press Photo contest.

The picture of controversial businessman Marián Kočner, taken by Denník N photographer Tomáš Benedikovič, wins the singles category in the News section of the 2019 Slovak Press Photo contest

Some good reasons to take a bike ride to Devín in autumn

A scrumptious taste of local viticulture is only one of them.

Devín Castle