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  • September 29, 2021
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LIBERTY Ostrava offers a year’s on-the-job training to 120 local technical apprentices

LIBERTY Ostrava will yet again be offering a year’s worth of on-the-job training to 120 apprentices from local technical colleges as part of its ongoing commitment to building a strong generation of qualified workers and experts in the Ostrava region.  The plant has supported technical education in the region for the last 50 years and has run its well respected apprentice scheme in its current form since 2012, giving hundreds of young people an invaluable insight into the high quality technical skills required to work in the steel industry.

For the upcoming 2021/2022 school year LIBERTY Ostrava and its employees will provide on-the-job training for 120 apprentices from four technical schools in the Ostrava region preparing them to become mechanics, fitters, electricians, electromechanics, toolers and railway workers. The apprentices will combine theoretical education with practical training under the supervision of experienced experts from LIBERTY Ostrava.  The goal of the programme is to help improve technical schools’ studies, make the steel industry more attractive for the young generation and secure sufficient, technically proficient employees to help the steelworks with its planned transformation into a GREENSTEEL and carbon neutral company.

Jaroslav Vystrk, HR director at LIBERTY Ostrava, said: There is always huge interest in the on-the-job training provided by our company, which after 10 years is still attracting over 100 young people a year to get a better understanding of the technical skills required to work at our plant and in our industry. It is in our interest that our apprentices should not only get a theoretical education but also understand the practical skills we will need in the future. At the same time, it is important for them that they work under the supervision of the most experienced foremen, giving them the best opportunity to better understand the work environment, become familiar with the corporate culture and especially feel welcome at our plant.”

The company pays a great attention to technical apprentices’ preparation and works with the following Ostrava technical colleges: Vítkovice Technical College, Secondary School of Electrotechnics, Technical and Transport Secondary School, and Apprentice School DAKOL.

Jaroslav Vystrk added: “The support to technical apprentice education is also important for us from the perspective of the future of our business as our industry aims to become carbon neutral as soon as possible. Our goal is to foster another generation of experts with an interest in this industry and its greener and more sustainable future. We consider these apprentices to be our potential employees and want the good ones to stay with us permanently and help us and our industry change for the better.”

Further information:

Barbora Černá Dvořáková
Head of communications
+420 606 774 346


Paddy Toyne-Sewell
Head of Communications – Europe
GFG Alliance
+44 (0) 7767 498 195

LIBERTY Ostrava is an integrated steel business with an annual production capacity of approximately 3.6 million tonnes per annum serving primarily construction, machinery and oil & gas industries. The company is a domestic leader in the manufacture of road barriers and tubes. In addition to the Czech market, it supplies its products to more than 40 countries around the world. Together with its subsidiaries in Ostrava, the company has 6,000 employees. The company manufactures its products with a minimum possible environmental footprint. The mill is part of LIBERTY Steel Group.


LIBERTY Steel Group is part of GFG Alliance, a collection of global businesses and investments owned by Sanjeev Gupta and his family. The Alliance is structured into three core industrial pillars: LIBERTY Steel Group, ALVANCE Aluminium Group and SIMEC Energy Group, independent of each other yet united through shared values and a purpose to create a sustainable future for industry and society. GFG Alliance employs c.35,000 people, across 30 countries and has revenues of >USD $20bn.

Liberty Steel Group

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