Engage, Inspire and Develop
The GREENSTEEL Academy’s mission is simple: to engage, inspire and develop the workforce of today and tomorrow through innovative development programmes, created by our own teams in collaboration with regional educational and technical establishments and with the support of regional authorities.
The Academy aligns with the aims of the GFG Foundation, wanting to ensure that the younger generations are inspired by the importance of industry, the compelling case for change and the opportunities this provides for them to be part of the transformation.
Investments for a Green Future
Sanjeev Gupta, the Executive Chairman of GFG Alliance and LIBERTY Steel Group shared his views at the Ziarul Financiar “Romanian industry: Investments for a Green Future” conference.
The Academy was also there to develop the existing highly valued workforce – to support their careers as part of our Just Transition to new, greener technologies. A global programme, named Discover GREENSTEEL, was rolled out to all employees and covered topics from the compelling case for change through to renewable energy sources, green technologies, and specific technical skills training.
Climate Change Fundamentals module
Elements from these courses will be used in student curriculum designed in partnership with local Universities and technical colleges. Where appropriate, learning content will also be made available externally. An example of this is the recently launched “Climate Change Fundamentals” module, which can be found here.”
In this module of the Steelmaking Fundamentals series, we focus mainly on the Blast Furnace Route. Within the course, you’ll meet Stela, the Steel Learning Android. She will take you through the what and why of steel, the basics of integrated steelmaking, key steps in integrated steelmaking and the application of steel.
In the future modules of this series, you will learn about the greener methods of steelmaking using an Electric Arc Furnace, Direct Reduced Iron and renewable energies.
Whilst the initial focus area for the set-up of the regional GREENSTEEL Academies is at our primary steel sites, it will expand to encompass all our LIBERTY Steel Group businesses as part of subsequent roll-out plans.
The Academy is operational in our major primary steel plants in Romania, North Macedonia and the Czech Republic. Some of their many key achievements include:
The team are working in close partnership with the local “Dunărea de Jos” University and will continue to build on their existing, successful, education and community activities, such as the Summer School programme (now into its tenth year), themed seminars and educational site visits.
Over the last few years LIBERTY Skopje in North Macedonia has faced a similar problem to many other steel businesses around the world: how can it attract skilled new blue-collar employees, especially in more highly specialist fields such as electronics and automation, in a highly dynamic local job market with growing competition from other international companies.
The HR team, led by Vesna Velickovska, decided they needed to revitalise their educational and community programmes, which will now be incorporated into the GREENSTEEL Academy initiative. The programmes include:
Annual internship programme – thisaims to introduce around 40 young people a year the opportunity to operate in their future work environment and identify their individual career profile. The young people are supported and guided for their 3-6 months in the business by a mentor. The business has now welcomed 323 interns through the plant over the last ten years.
Summer school project – the plant has just celebrated its sixth successful annualspecialised internship programme, which runs over the summer holiday. The three month scheme welcomes around 10 young people from a number of local universities to work on specific STEM projects, so that they can apply their knowledge in structural and practical stages. The LIBERTY team have developed weekly thematic sessions steered towards identifying and solving specific issues, while allowing the interns to develop broad career plans, matching job requirements and skill sets.
Community outreach programme – this is a newer initiative which has meant collaborating with eleven faculties, two vocational high schools and other vocational institutions as well as five other Macedonian companies. The programme, which now has 47 pupils taking part, presents on-site training throughout the year on processes, organization and environment via Open Days as well as initiating “Dual System” practices which has a direct impact on the content and organization of vocational education across the country.
The team continue to build on their programmes for younger generation and this year has offered a year’s on-the-job training to 120 local technical apprentices
Our key projects
LIBERTY’s GREENSTEEL Journey Starts with Magnetite
We are putting in place the building blocks for our transition to GREENSTEEL with our magnetite expansion project in Australia, which is important because high-quality processed magnetite ore is essential to the DRI process for making GREENSTEEL.
LIBERTY Ostrava’s transformation to GREENSTEEL and CN30
LIBERTY Ostrava aims to transform into a modern steel mill delivering an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable business with its GREENSTEEL transformation programme over the next eight years. The key element of that programme is the replacement of the steelwork’s four tandem furnaces with two new hybrid electric arc furnaces.
LIBERTY Galati GREENSTEEL transformation plan
LIBERTY Steel Group plans to invest in the LIBERTY Galati GREENSTEEL transformation programme over the next eight years. The key element of that programme is installation of two electric arc furnaces, a DRI plant and an integrated MI.DA minimill – with the potential to increase the production up to 4 MTPA.
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