Austrian companies with important investments in Cluj-Napoca and the Austrian Embassy’s Commercial Section will start, in September, the STAR-T Austrian Technical School in Romania educational project at the ‘Aurel Vlaicu’ Technical High School. The project will allow students to be trained as welders. Given the ever-growing demand for welders, from companies such as Sieta Polytechnik (producer of pressure boilers), Deltamed/Dlouhy (ambulance producer), GEP (metalworks) and Framag (metalworks), a vocational education class will be set up, in dual system, for thorough training in the welding trade.
“Both the Embassy and companies see this public-private partnership as an investment in Romanian society, in the metal processing domain. What makes the STAR-T project the choice of the future for students is the fact that it is based on the dual system, a trait of the education systems in countries such as Austria and Germany, a close collaboration between the school and companies, emphasising practical training. The goal is to re-industrialize Romania. Qualified labour force is needed in order to strengthen industry. This labour force needs solid theoretical and practical education. With STAR-T, we want to give the start to cooperation between Austrian investors and the vocational school in Cluj-Napoca. This project offers good jobs and great career opportunities,” Rudolf Lukavsky, Commercial Advisor within the Austrian Embassy, stated.
The project is started by the Austrian Embassy’s Commercial Section and backed by the Cluj County School Inspectorate, the Cluj County Prefecture, the Association of Romanian Welders, CNDIPT, the Education Ministry and the Sudometal, CM Metal and Transisud companies.