CZECH REPUBLIC: CZ Loko has opened a building containing a training centre for 30 people and accommodation for 25 employees in a former bank in the historic centre of Česká Třebová.
The company’s existing training facilities at the factory were at full capacity, and the additional site will also be used for customer meetings, conferences and corporate events.
Demographic changes mean ‘there will be no choice’ but to recruit specialist workers such as welders or electricians from abroad in the future, said HR & Administrative Director Jiří Kutálek. Having accommodation facilities ‘is a strategic investment because it expands our possibilities of recruiting employees from all over the Czech Republic and abroad’, he explained.
Chairman and majority shareholder Josef Bárta said the building ‘mainly solved our own needs, as we lacked sufficient training and accommodation capacities. But I am equally pleased that we have helped to improve the appearance of the town, with which we have been associated since the mid-19th century, when locomotive repairs began here.’