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OKD Will Support Mine Apprentices

OKD Will Support Mine Apprentices
A Field of Study „Mining“ is back to the Morava-Silesian Region after years

OSTRAVA (Sep 2, 2008) – Today, OKD signed an agreement with the Karviná Technical and Service High School on a creation of new 3-y fields of study, which should prepare 30 maintenance engineers and the same number of electricians for OKD every year. First students will start already in the next school year.


OKD will enable the young adepts to acquire working experience on mine surface workplaces. The company will fund studies of every student by monthly contribution of CZK 1,000. A recruitment incentive will be paid out to the student after starting to work for the company.

New OKD management and owners strategy is based on modernization of technologies, which will prolong working life of the mines. All OKD mines have currently production plans for next 20 years. The company has started capital investments into state-of-the-art technologies and protective equipment that has never been done before in the company’s history.


For the Karviná Technical and Service High School the creation of the mining fields of study represents return to its roots. The school was founded as a standard school for miners in 1951. “Preparation of the new educational programs will be challenging as the nowadays mining is far from the one 20 years ago but we can ensure continuity. In the pedagogical corps, there are experts who had taught the subjects in past and they are in close touch with the industry,” says the director of the school
Vratislav Kolek.


OKD employs approximately 15,000 employees and nearly 1,400 employees in its subsidiary companies. About 3,500 employees of contractor companies participate on OKD operations. Hard coal is extracted particularly in the Karviná Region, i.e. in the Karviná, Darkov and ČSM Mines, and in the Frýdek-Místek Region at Paskov. The average 2007 income was CZK 29,135.


Owner of OKD is Dutch company New World Resources N. V.