Ponta: I am calling on privately owned companies in Romania to enter partnerships with the education system

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Wednesday called on privately owned companies in Romania to enter partnerships with the Romanian educational system, underscoring that Romania’s vocational training has been restarted by modifying the relevant legislation.

The Government House hosted the signing of a cooperation protocol and a partnership agreement between Automobile Dacia SA, the Mioveni Mayoralty and the Mioveni Machine Building Technologic High School via the Arges County School Inspectorate, in the presence of Prime Minister Ponta.

‘We wanted so much to stage the event at the Government House so that we may publicise the best we can a highly important programme, namely the rediscovery and development of vocational training in Romania. This is a project we have restarted by modifying the relevant educational legislation. We were and still are the beneficiaries of partnerships with Germany’s Baden-Wurttemberg land, Austria’s Government, and with all those who already have an advanced system, but the most important partnership we have is with the business milieu,’ said Ponta.

He added that he went on several working visits to vocational high schools in Romania, particularly in the province of Transylvania and at the same time the Government took joint steps with representatives of privately-owned companies in Romania to expand such partnership system.

‘I want to thank Mr Director General for Dacia’s very clear message by cooperating with the high school of Mioveni. Dacia is a Romanian brand of which we are very proud and besides pride it generates jobs. It is Romania’s principal exporter, it pays rates and taxes and it certainly is a key element in economic development. I am absolutely sure that all that the Government does for the business community to get a stable and predictable situation in Romania continues to help investment and business development in Romania as well as preserving jobs. Obviously, there will be cuts in the social security contributions as from October 1, which to any employer is important and correct and to Dacia is good news,’ said Ponta.

He pointed out that besides day-to-day elements, the most important thing for any company with a medium and long term thinking, such as Dacia-Renault, is what happens to the next generations.

‘I believe the young people trained under this programme will be members of the Dacia-Renault team better trained in the future. I want to use this event to once again call on all of Romania’s privately-owned companies to start partnerships with Romania’s educational system, so that little by little we may train younger generations that have stable jobs when they graduate from the high schools, instead of just paper diplomas,’ said Ponta.

Education Minister Remus Pricopie said in his turn that the partnership between Dacia and the Mioveni High School is a new step forward toward the development of vocational training.

‘Much has been invested in the past years in the area between school and industry to offer the students of vocational schools the possibility to attend quality classes and have well equipped workshops in schools and places to practice,’ said Pricopie.

He also mentioned that the vocational schools of Romania have 26,000 students this year and the number of agreements signed with commercial companies increased from 1,000 to 3,000.


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