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Local council, business association sign agreement with Daimler unit on training workers for plant

The Hungarian unit of German car maker Daimler, the local council of Kecskemét and the Bács-Kiskun county chamber of commerce and industry signed a strategic agreement on improving automotive industry vocational training.

The agreement was signed by Mercedes Benz Hungary managing director Frank Klein, mayor of Kecskemét Gábor Zombor and Bács-Kiskun county chamber of commerce and industry chairman József Gaál.

Under the agreement, a dual education system - one that combines apprenticeships and vocational training - will be started in two schools in Kecskemet from the autumn of 2011. Training will start in five areas, expected to be in demand at an €800 million plant Daimler is building on the outskirts of the city. The program is expected to turn out about a hundred graduates a year.

Germany's dual education system will be adapted to Hungary's needs, state secretary in charge of employment policy Sándor Czomba said at the signing.

Klein said the investment would create at least 10,000 jobs in the long term.

The Daimler plant in Kecskemét will be completed by May 2011. Production will start following trial production at the beginning of 2012. The plant is expected to turn out a hundred thousand compact cars a year. (MTI – Econews)