Arctic, the leader of the Romanian household appliances market and owner of the biggest factory in Continental Europe, signed a partnership with the „Nicolae Ciorănescu” Technologic Highschool and Targoviste Town Hall for supporting the first classes of dual professional education in Dambovita county. Thus, Arctic will be actively involved in the professional development of students during the three years of study and also after graduation.
The project will include 56 students who have enrolled in the program, which is planned to expand significantly in the following years. The graduates of the Arctic classes will be familiar with operating Industry 4.0 intelligent technologic equipment and, by the end of the training period, will have priority to be hired at the new washing machine factory in Ulmi. Besides theoretical and practical knowledge, Arctic will offer monthly scholarships of 300 lei, merit scholarships of 600 lei and other forms of material support. Also, during the three years, the students will have the opportunity to go on internships in the Gaesti and Ulmi factories and be mentored by the best specialists of the company. Throughout the internship period, students will benefit from free transport to and from the factory and free lunch. At the end of the three years, the students enrolled in the program will be qualified as operators for numerical control machines or electronics operators for devices and equipment.
“For Arctic, the investment in the professional development of the young generation is a key component of the company’s strategy for active involvement in the sustainable development of the local community. The dual professional education program is a valuable source for well-trained technicians who will be familiar with the requirements of a modern production unit and operating top notch equipment.”, stated Nihat Bayiz, Arctic General Manager.
“Students in technical high schools need support from companies to accumulate the knowledge and practical skills they need to be competitive on the labor market. And this dual professional education program allows us to have a real contribution to a higher level of education of future graduates.”, stated Gabriela Coman, Arctic Human Resources Director.
Arctic is actively involved in supporting local educational initiatives, such as the partnership with the Industrial High School in Gaesti where students receive every year educational materials, school supplies and equipment for laboratories and trainings from Research and Development experts.
Also, to identify new talents, the company has active partnerships with Valahia University in Targoviste, Politehnica University in Bucuresti and Pitesti University.
Arctic is the leader of the Romanian household appliances market and owner of the biggest household appliances factory in Continental Europe, with its Gaesti factory which has produced until now over 30 million refrigerators. Also, Arctic is one of the most important companies in Romania, with over 3,600 employees, including subcontractors, and a turnover of 2 billion lei in 2016. Currently, 87% of the total Arctic production is exported in over 70 countries.
In 2017, Arctic has started construction works for a new washing machine factory, in Ulmi, Dambovita. The new project is a Greenfield investment and will be the first production unit in Arçelik group built according to Industry 4.0 digital concept. The factory will integrate top notch technologies and wireless communication of the production lines with those in other countries part of the Arçelik group, and intelligent machines.
On the local market, Arctic has consolidated its leadership position in 2015 and 2016, bot for its Arctic and Beko brands, by offering products and services adapted to the needs and lifestyle of its consumers. Arctic is one of the most powerful Romanian brands, having been ranked third in the 2017 edition of the Top 100 Most powerful Romanian brands study, made by BIZ magazine.