The German Slovak Chamber of Commerce issued a statement today underlining how the Slovak industrial zone is suffering at the hands of rising taxes and a lack of qualified workforce.
Experts from the chamber told TheDaily how they are in agreement that without targeted educational reform, Slovakia will lose its footing as a favourable industrial zone. The chamber points to how the additional taxes being planned by the government will put an additional burden on companies, which are also suffering from a lack of qualified labour in industrial production fields.
“The number and qualifications of technical school leavers is inadequate and has been deteriorating in recent years” said Roman Nosko from the SNOPK expert education section. Head of SNOPK Vladimir Slezak underlined the need to reform technical education to meet the needs of industry, and so experts from the chamber will be preparing specific proposals to present to the government in the coming months, in the hop of increasing the attractiveness of technical subjects.
The 300 or so affiliated members of SNOPK employ over 75,000 people in Slovakia, generating around EUR 13 billion a year.