Establish successful cooperation of the Company with government and educational institutions, especially vocational high schools (VHS), in view of sustainably enhancing young people’s interest in studying STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Reinforce the advantages of secondary vocational training and promote early career guidance.
Project Target Group
Teenagers from the regions of the towns of Kozloduy and Belene.
A fact of key importance is that these regions are potentially threatened with adverse demographic trends – labour migration of the young to district towns or the capital due to scarce employment opportunities and low living standard.
The initiative is permanent / ongoing, given the need to provide staff for the long-term operation of Units 5 and 6 over the next 30 years, as well as for a new nuclear capacity.
The support of the STEM-oriented career choice is related to the forecasts outlining an acute shortage of technical specialists on the labour market.
The support and development of vocational high schools (VHS) is also a national priority in the field of secondary education.
Acquiring knowledge and skills for successful realisation in professions of the future
Preservation of vocational high schools and the teachers in them
Adapting the curricula to business needs
Attracting more young people to study professions related to science and technology
Fighting unemployment and counteracting negative social trends – lack of staff for professions of economic importance, migration of young people to large regional cities or abroad
There has been a growing interest in the two classes. For the 2020/21 academic year there were 23 students enlisted in “Nuclear Energy” and 10 in “Automated Systems”. These figures are significantly higher than the previous years. The programme is expected to cover about 200 students in the next 5 years.
The plant puts consistent efforts to promote the interest in technical sciences through dual training, student practices, visits to the NPP, and promotion of specific professions.