Together 63 secondary school pupils started their training in the 2015-2016 school year at the premises of Žilina-based carmaker Kia Motors Slovakia.
They received theoretical knowledge in laboratories located at the quality management department and at production halls in the paint shop, the body shop, the engine shop and the assembly hall.
More than 600 pupils have already undergone training in Kia since the 2007-2008 school year, said company’s spokesperson Jozef Bačé, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
“Except for earning some money during their studies, the carmaker offers skilful pupils a chance to obtain a welding certificate or pass several courses paid by the company,” Bačé added.
Moreover, pupils can use up-to-date technologies and learn more about Korean culture and traditions. They also increase their chances to find a job in the labour market, stressed Seong-Gyu Lee of the company, as reported by TASR.
In addition, Kia cooperates with young people also via its scholarship programme. In the 2015-2016 school year there were together six secondary-school and five university students. More than 50 students have joined the programme since it was launched in 2011, Bačé said.
“Via the scholarship programme of Kia Motors Slovakia I was able to look into the work of several administrative departments, like the human resources, communication, education and trainings, but I could also try the work directly on the production line,” said one of the students Jakub Brisuda, as quoted by TASR.
The secondary school students usually receive €2,000 via the scholarship programme, while the university students get €3,000.
“The biggest advantages for both groups are practical experiences as well as the possibility to get a stable job,” Bačé said.
29. Aug 2016 at 6:30 | Compiled by Spectator staff