“In the technical field, formal education is not sufficient. The technical professions require trainees and practical experience is needed”, says Cristian Pîrvulescu, CEO Enevo Group. If 30 years ago the trainee period took place within school training programs, it has now become an area of action mostly for private firms, he said in an ONLINE conference organized by Energynomics.
Enevo group is a young company established six years ago. One of the first steps it took was to attract in the organization young people from the Polytechnic University. “We had to identify how to get an educated man with a diploma, and how to turn him into an engineer,” he says. “We had to close the circle between university and industry, and our first major project was carried out in teams which were very young on average,” Pîrvulescu remembers.
“We rely heavily on interdisciplinary teams that integrate a junior, a senior and an internal. Every year, except for 2020, we have coordinated internship programs, and most of those who have gone through them are now junior or senior members of our team.”
However, such programs come with a cost.
“The market needs to understand a fact: in our field, where no power stations or power lines and stations are built every day, projects have been fewer and fewer. This means a lot of pressure on budgets and on industry. It means pressure on the labor market and, in particular, on the specialists, who migrate because without projects, there is nothing they ca do anymore, or they are aging. This, too, leads to a gap and an aggressive and extreme lack of continuity in the intergenerational transfer of information. We have seen this gap everywhere,” he added.
“However, there is this opportunity we have: we should no longer talk only about the Romanian market, this is to limit ourselves. We must consider the European and global markets. The company I have built works 80% for the export market.”
At the same time, Romania needs reliable people, specialists at local level. “Lacking the specialists in critical infrastructure is no longer just a business and labor market issue, but it becomes more and more a security issue. When we no longer know how to operate the infrastructure and we have problems in attracting and building teams able to operate and secure maintenance in the industry, it is all a security issue, which must be debated with careful attention”, Cristian Pîrvulescu warns.
The conference “Human Resources – 360° Approach” was organized by Energynomics in order to encourage the exchange of ideas between human resources specialists in the energy industry. We also presented the Energynomics Learning Center initiative aimed at providing all stakeholders with information about the training and specialization courses available to them. Over 120 people have registered on the MyConnector platform to participate in the dialogue. The recording is available HERE.