A new scholarship program for disadvantaged students

Young people from children’s homes or from poor families now have a better chance to study at technical universities. A new program of the Committee of Good Will - Olga Havel Foundation, supported by the ČEZ Foundation, which is called Nikola Tesla Scholarship, will help them.

"Lack of workers in technical fields is the current topic today. Studying of technical subjects is challenging, but the advantage is that there is a great demand for the graduates on the labour market. Our goal is to motivate technically oriented students and help them to overcome obstacles in achieving education which can be well applied in life," says Milena Černá, director of the Committee of Good Will - Olga Havel Foundation.

Lend a hand

Studying at university may be quite expensive. Not only because of possible tuition fees, but also because of expenses for accommodation, food, commuting and so on. "Not everyone can afford it, so it is important to lend a helping hand to those who are socially disadvantaged. Especially in technical fields that lacks the experts”, says Hana Füleová, a program coordinator.

Senior professionals will retire

Michaela Žemličková, director of the ČEZ Foundation, has the same opinion: "According to the prognosis, a lot of people from the years of baby boom will retire during the coming 5-10 years, mostly from technical and scientific fields. In the ČEZ Group, for example, the average age of all employees in the Central Bohemia region is nearly 47 years, while in Prague, it is six years less. We can assume that a total of 16.3 percent, which is up to 180 employees, will leave the company by 2020."

 

Full article at Novinky.cz 

 

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