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ROUND TABLE "Business and Science in the Electrical Industry and ICT Sectors. Perspectives and challenges in the Stara Zagora region"

ROUND TABLE "Business and Science in the Electrical Industry and ICT Sectors. Perspectives and challenges in the Stara Zagora region"

May 29, 2024

On 29/05/2024, a round table was held in the central office of the "El Control" company in Stara Zagora, which brought together representatives of companies from the field of the electrical industry, specialists in attracting investments from the Municipality of Stara Zagora, non-governmental organizations, professors from the University of Thrace and directors of educational institutions related to the training of personnel with a technical profile. The meeting was organized by the Bulgarian Association of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BASEL), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Stara Zagora and the KVAZAR Competence Center at the Institute of Robotics of the BAS.
In the discussion panel, the staffing crisis was outlined as the main problem facing the industry. It was noted that the "Maritsa East" complex can become a "bank" for qualified personnel who will quickly be absorbed by the labor market in the region. The executive director of BASEL, dipl. Eng. Orlin Dimitrov, called on universities and vocational high schools to respond to the need for training and retraining of technical personnel.
According to Deputy the rector of Thrace University, associate professor Emil Slavov, the main problem is demographic. There is no answer to the question - where will the people come from to be educated at the universities with such a low birth rate and high migration to Sofia and abroad. The Vocational High School of Mechanical Engineering and Transport in Stara Zagora faces two main problems - a lack of technical literature and an outdated training base.
According to the director of the "John Atanasov" Vocational High School of Electronics, Eng. Nacho Nachev, students prefer to learn programming and rarely show interest in industrial electronics. The reason is mainly in their parents, who direct them to the modern and profitable, according to them, specialty, without suspecting that industrial electronics has much greater prospects.
The round table ended with a visit to the production base of "El Control" company.