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Cooperation with middle and higher schools educating employees in mining-related professions is an important and strategic dimension of JSW Group's social engagement. Countering the risk of a lack of qualified personnel (generational gap problem) necessitates real action, i.e. executing cooperation agreements with mining schools in the region and funding special scholarships for mining-class students.

JSW Group strives to closely cooperate with the best Polish universities and scientific institutions, taking into account the research and development potential in joint projects. We provide the universities with know-how about our industry and the challenges it is facing, which can translate into teaching programs that are closely aligned with hard coal mining.

As an entity operating in a market setting, JSW Group will support research into issues that can be practically applied and implemented at JSW Group. The Company does not plan on joining projects concerning primary research or providing financing for scientific publications and conferences that are more theoretical than practical

Letters of intent with universities and scientific institutes

In 2018, we established cooperation with:

  •  AGH University of Science and Technology (including a letter of intent to organise mining internships for AGH students)
  • Silesian University of Technology (including a letter of intent to organise mining internships for students at Silesian University of Technology)
  • Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Central Mining Institute (letter of intent concerning a joint research program to develop modern technologies for coal mining and post-mining land rehabilitation)

Closing the generational gap

Given the need to secure a pipeline of young personnel, JSW’s Management Board is increasingly open to cooperating with local urban and municipal governments in areas where the Company operates as regards education in mining professions at schools overseen by these local governments. This cooperation is intended to raise the quality of education for young personnel, including through facilitating internships and supporting various types of educational projects.

In 2018, JSW executed two additional agreements (following four agreements in 2017) with schools overseen by the Municipality of Pawłowice and the Rybnicki Poviat – an agreement concerning cooperation between the Municipality and JSW and between the Poviat and JSW regarding practical vocational education in the form of hands-on classes and vocational internships for students as well as employment guarantees at JSW for graduates in the following majors: Underground Mining Technician and Electricity Technician, Miner.

Other JSW Group companies are taking similar measures. As part of cooperation with local government units overseeing schools teaching mining professions, JSW’s Management Board introduced a scholarship program. The program’s main objective is to encourage young people to study mining-related majors and in the future work at JSW’s mines.

In 2018, JSW awarded 1060 scholarships totalling PLN 265 000.

Research and innovation projects with universities

In 2018, we established cooperation with research units and universities such as:

  • Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences (research programs intended to enhance innovativeness, technical and economic performance)
  • Mining and Geoengineering Faculty at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków (research program concerning production efficiency)
  • Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (cooperation on research into IT technologies and environmental protection)

Our good practices

Innovative project involving students

Jastrzębska Spółka Kolejowa (JSK), a JSW Group company, was required to develop a Safe Rail System application intended to improve safety (including by managing railway malfunctions and failures and improving risk assessment effectiveness). JSW opted to work with a school from Jastrzębie-Zdrój (Zespół Szkół nr 6) instead of engaging a specialised service provider. The company’s employees developed the system’s functionalities, while the technical school’s students created the technical and IT portion. The application – the SMS Malfunction module – makes it possible to increase oversight of the state of railway infrastructure by providing full access to information on the number of malfunctions, failures and their status and by creating a database that constitutes a reliable source of data for risk analysis. The application received a gold medal during the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada, silver medal at the Taipei International Invention Show and Technomart in Indonesia and gold medal at the International Warsaw Exhibition of Inventions.

Preparations for community and municipal policy to inspect combustion ashes

JSW Group decided to get involved in developing constructive solutions for air quality improvements. Highly toxic chemical compounds are often generated as a result of burning rubber, plastics or laminated boards. Detecting the combustion of such waste in households during the heating system is a very important aspect of air quality improvement. The business competences of JSW’s measurement and research laboratory are highly valuable in combating this burdensome practice. The Company carried out over a dozen workshops on collecting and analysing combustion ashes for community and municipal police. In 2018, the lab CLP-B carried out over a dozen workshops on collecting and analysing combustion ashes for community and municipal police and for local government officials from 154 municipalities across Poland.

Sól Dębińska – respect for resources

JSW produces high-quality salt branded Sól Dębińska, which is derived by desalinating top-quality brine available at depths reaching 1200 metres. This salt has been underground for thousands of years and is therefore free of pollution. Thanks to this process, highly saline waters pumped from mining regions are not discharged into the river Bierawka.

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